How good does this sound? McDonald’s have partnered with Kulture Break to raise $20,000 during the month of August. To get involved all you need to do is buy a coffee from any ACT (including Queanbeyan and Jerrabomberra) McDonald’s restaurant during August. 20c from every coffee sold will be donated to Kulture Break.
We recently spoke with Ben Stockbridge who owns five McDonald’s restaurants in the ACT and Francis Owusu who is the Founder and CEO of Kulture Break about this partnership.
This is such a great imitative, why do McDonald’s support Kulture Break?
Ben: “I was introduced to Kulture Break when our middle child came home one day and announced he was going to do Break Dance. From that moment, with every performance, and every interaction with Kulture Break, we quickly learned that there is so much more to Kulture Break than a break dance class. Kulture Break are an organisation that enhance youth empowerment, belonging, inclusion, identity, and confidence. You don’t become somebody, you are somebody.”
What inspired you to start Kulture Break?
Francis: “It was the validation and self-confidence to express myself I gained from the creative arts as a boyband member. Before that, I was shy, lacking the confidence to believe in myself. I felt like a nobody. Getting involved in dance and music changed that. It helped me to realise I was somebody and had something unique to offer the world. I started KB to offer young the opportunity to experience the same feeling of freedom I got.”
How will the money raised during the month of August assist Kulture Break with their mission?
Francis: “Last year, with the help of McDonald’s ACT, we provided 220 scholarships for disadvantaged young people and young people living with a disability to participate in dance and music and mentoring programs. The money raised this year will help us provide up to 40 scholarships for disadvantaged young people to participate in a semester worth of dance, support 24 youth at risk to participate in our mentoring programs Man up and Ladies 1.”
How can people support during the month of August?
Ben: “Visit your nearest McDonald’s in the ACT, Queanbeyan and Jerrabomberra and purchase your favourite coffee. 20 cents will be donated from each coffee sold during August to Kulture Break until we reach our goal of $20,000!”
About Kulture Break:
Kulture Break makes a valuable contribution to the Canberra community and individual students’ lives by providing welcoming and inclusive spaces for young people to express themselves and to develop their future aspirations. By doing so, they aim to reduce the risks associated with their mental health. To find out more head to their website.