THE VISIONARY & THE VISION
In 2010, Robyn Borruso visited an orphanage in South Africa. The children at the orphanage were more than just statistics; each had a unique story of pain and loss, and yet they approached life with a zeal that is rarely seen even in children that have all their day-to-day needs met.
Humbled and inspired by their warmth and affection, Robs decided to improve the lives of these lost children and established the Eniwe Children’s Fund, a not-for-profit organisation.
With a base in Sydney, Eniwe Children’s Fund has raised over $300,000 via Change Coffee and other activities, and is involved with community projects from Empangeni in rural Kwa Zula Natal to the Khayelitsha and Guglethu Township on the outskirts of Cape Town. As these projects have grown and expanded Robs and her team have seen exciting, tangible results through the work of Eniwe Children’s Fund, and has affirmed their belief in the ability to change lives.
In 2017, Robyn handed over the reins of Change Coffee to Simone Dowding.
Simone Dowding is co-owner of The Blessed Bean cafes, coffee consultancy and wholesale roasting, a journey which began with an absolute passion for coffee, an understanding of the place it holds in people’s lives and a vision for how she could make a difference.
With a Byron Bay based coffee roasting facility, 5 cafes, a team of 25 staff and numerous Golden Bean Awards, The Blessed Bean continues to grow from strength to strength and is building into roasting several tonnes of coffee per week.
Simone holds a degree in psychology, and spent a year studying meditation and Buddhist philosophy with the His Holiness, the Dalai Lama in the Himalayas.
Café owner, come film maker, Simone has also directed two short films. She is passionate about drawing attention to important community issues. “A Fathers Love” won first prize in a local short film competition and raised thousands of dollars for the Wagga Women’s Health Centre. “The Enemy Within” focuses on depression and suicide prevention and features world champion boxer and ex-Rabbitohs player Joe Williams. This film shares Joe’s inspirational life story and his ongoing battle with depression.
Simone’s philosophy in life and business is to connect, inspire and make a difference. This permeates through everything The Blessed Bean does from customer service to marketing strategies and is the cornerstone of its success. Simone is excited to take Change Coffee to the next level and see it change lives.