A business owner in difficulty who closed her restaurant due to poor sales has used public funds to avoid losing her second business.
Feed the owner of Earthlings Teaki Page closed her vegan fast food restaurant in Broadbeach in May after sales declined, so when her second business in Burleigh Waters began to suffer, she sought help.
Ms. Page posted a crowdfunding campaign of $ 5000 to help cover the costs of the bills and the overdue rent, which she blames for the bad trade due to the Commonwealth Games.
A restaurant owner in difficulty who closed her restaurant due to poor sales has resorted to crowdfunding to avoid losing her second business
Feed the Earthlings owner, Teaki Page, closed his fast-food vegan restaurant in Broadbeach (pictured) after sales declined
The business owner told Gold Coast Bulletin that she is not proud of having to ask for money, but added that it was her "last resort" to save what she called a "social enterprise".
He added that unlike other fast food chains, Feed the Earthlings has a sustainable approach to cooking, with a focus on food that has a reduced impact on the environment.
"The only way I have been able to live with that is because we are a social enterprise, we are not just a business, we are part of a larger community and a movement," he said.
& # 39; We are an integral part of that and we are really making a difference. & # 39;
According to the restaurant's website, the restaurant is 100% vegan, with free options of meat, dairy and gluten-free, and was chosen as the best of the Gold Coast burgers.
The gofundme listing, which is titled "Keep Vegan Feed the Earthlings", has already raised $ 4000 from its goal, along with many positive comments.
Owner of a company, Teaki Page said that his restaurant is a & # 39; social enterprise & # 39; with a sustainable approach to cooking
"You are very important to reduce the gap between the elections of vegan and non-vegan food and show that delicious food does not have to be paid at the expense of living beings," wrote one person on the crowd funding site.
& # 39; I wish you all the best. What you are doing is brilliant three times: for the animals, for the environment and for the health of the people. Get back up, "said another person.
A third person added: & # 39; The best of luck bouncing! & # 39;
Matthew Books, director of commercial advisors for SB Partners, told the Gold Coast Bulletin that crowd funding is not a long-term solution, but had the potential to work in the short term.
However, despite the positive comments, not all agreed with the idea that companies ask for brochures.
Public relations officer Andrew Meadowcroft told the publication that Crow Crow was not an appropriate solution, and was "daring" since customers already have to pay for food and services.
"I certainly would not recommend that strategy," he said.