Coffee tab set up for jobless at Appin's Gather Coffee House

Scott Dougherty at Gather Coffee House. Picture: Simon Bennett
Scott Dougherty at Gather Coffee House. Picture: Simon Bennett

"This is true Aussie spirit on show in our community."

The people of Macarthur sure know how to pull together in a crisis.

This has been highlighted this week at Appin's Gather Coffee House, where a member of the public has set up a special coffee tab for people doing it tough.

Owner Scott Dougherty said the community coffee tab was a wonderful idea.

"A customer - not a regular, but someone we see every once in awhile - just came in and asked if we had a tab for people who couldn't afford their coffee," he said.

"And I told him we didn't, but it was a great idea.

"So he asked if he could set one up, because his job was secure and he wanted to help out.

"I thought he was going to start with $10 or something but he pulled out two $50 notes."

Mr Dougherty said it was a wonderful gesture, that had since been topped up by another customer who added $50, bringing the total to $150.

He encouraged people who were going through extreme hardship because of the coronavirus crisis to head in and get a cuppa to go.

"We've got plenty of free coffees to go around if you're struggling," Mr Dougherty said.

"We know there's a few tattooists in the area who are out of work now and are doing it tough.

"We'll be here for as long as we're allowed to be."

The coffee tab is not the only community-minded idea on show at Gather.

Someone has also launched a community pantry.

"We came in one morning and overnight a lovely local lady from Appin had set up the basket out the front," Mr Dougherty said.

"It's a really great thing, people can take an item and leave an item as they need it.

"It's bringing a lot of smiles.

"There's such a lot of support for all the businesses in Appin, we've got a great community."

Gather Coffee House is located at 75 Appin Road, Appin.