Brett and Rufaro Mavunga have been given a unique opportunity to open a brand new community café in the heart of Amesbury, Wiltshire.
The couple, who first came to England from Zimbabwe 14 years ago, are both passionate about delicious, nutritious home cooked food, served up with warm hospitality, and will bring together their combined expertise learnt from their childhood in their mother’s kitchens, during Brett’s 13year span as a chef in British Army and Rufaro’s skills acquired as a nutritionist, nursing assistant and events cook.
Evergreen Café will not only provide a fresh, contemporary home cooked menu to members of the public, but the café will also offer breakfast, lunch and dinner for the 60 senior residents in the newly-built Evergreen Court retirement complex that sits alongside the café.
The deeply committed Christian couple, who have richly contributed to their local communities over the past decade and a half, now need your help to take this community café to another level.
Whilst Brett devoted long hours to working as a chef in the army, and Rufaro divided her time between two jobs working as a cook and as a night-shift nursing assistant in the NHS at Odstock Hospital in Salisbury to raise their beloved young family in the UK. The couple have also devoted any precious spare time to community and charity fundraising projects - Brett has recently been to the Ugandan refugee camps in Kiryandongo District with Team Rubicon UK, a disaster relief charity, where they built fuel efficient kitchens in the refugee schools.
And contributing to the life of their church, the two are the voluntary “official chefs” of the annual Alive & Happening Youth Camp of the RCCG Church UK where they feed in excess of 150 children, youths and adults for a week as well as serving duties in their local parish.
It is this incredible work ethic and heart for being involved in community, combined with their unique talent for cooking and an understanding of creating delicious yet nutritious food, which has won the couple a chance to partner with Wiltshire Council to spearhead this ground breaking community café concept.
Rufaro said: “We feel incredibly humbled and excited that we were picked to run Evergreen Café, amongst some tough competition and several really professional and experienced bids. We are now the closest we have ever come to realising our dream.”
Trading as Visiting Chef (Wiltshire) Ltd, the couple has had just over six weeks between winning the contract and opening the doors to Evergreen Café at the end of September. But the couple faces one large, final financial hurdle, a deficit of £20,000, which would enable them to better equip the café (e.g. a larger range cooker, Barista coffee machine, Fryer, Salamander) and be able to realise their vision to run an imaginative programme of community projects from the café.
Brett said: “We are so grateful to the friends, family and church who have already said they would like to support us. Through Crowdfunding we are reaching out to all our supporters and well-wishers worldwide, and the kind-hearted people of Amesbury and Salisbury to get behind this exciting new community café concept.”
Brett continued, “Carrying on with the charitable/community ethos that underpins our lives, our desire is to make Evergreen Café the hub of the community by opening our doors to local charity groups for activities, coffee mornings, lunch clubs and school homework clubs. The Crowdfunding will not only enable us to fully equip the café, but to subsidise these community activities.”
Evergreen Café needs to raise £20,000 by October 28th to become a sustainable reality.