Local café generously donates $5,000 to Hands Across Canberra to assist homeless people in Canberra.

Published on 27 July 2018

Lending a helping hand is something Canberrans do every day and assisting those who need it the most is what inspired Natalie Van Der Bosch, owner of Gungahlin patisserie and café. Le Bon Mélange generously donated $5,000 to Hands Across Canberra and Early Morning Centre after hearing about their mission to get Canberrans to be generous locally.

Inspired by a supplier’s idea of supporting local café initiatives, staff member Kate Stankovic and the Le Bon Mélange team began encouraging customers to get involved. The café’s biggest concern is homelessness in Canberra so their donation to Hands Across Canberra will be directed to addressing homelessness in this region.

Le Bon Mélange has been operating for less than a year and is already an incredibly popular cafe in Gungahlin and Canberra, recently winning the 2018 Countrywide Café in NSW/ACT. When they were given $5,000 in prize money they decided to donate it to Hands Across Canberra. The café aims to give $25,000 in the next 12 months with support from the local community.

Peter Gordon, CEO, Hands Across Canberra said, “I am delighted and grateful to the team at Le Bon Mélange. Their kindness and generosity is absolutely marvelous and exactly what Hands Across Canberra is about.” he said. “We want to encourage Canberrans to give their Time, Treasure, or Talent to local initiatives and inspire others to do the same.”

The Early Morning Centre provides breakfast and a community hub with access to showers, lockers, tea and coffee, postal service, phone and computers for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Staff and volunteers provide support, referral and case management to assist clients to find accommodation, employment, enrolment in education, access to mental health and drug and alcohol services and crisis assistance.

Hands Across Canberra would like to thank Natalie, Kate, the Le Bon Mélange team and their generous customers for this wonderful donation. For those wanting to try a Le Bon Mélange dessert, head in-store on the corner of Bruning Street and Gungahlin Place in Gungahlin or visit their Facebook page.

If you would like to support Hands Across Canberra or one of the 200 associated local organisations, visit