Throughout this year, an Invercargill cafe owner will shout coffee to front-line responders to express gratitude for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jerin Nadar, owner of Main St, said he’s wanted to show his appreciation for front-line workers since the cafe opened last year.
The “free coffee 2022” initiative was a token of appreciation for those who kept communities safe during Covid-19, he explained.
“Throughout this trying time, there are individuals who, through their work, demonstrate daily that they are our true heroes in the coronavirus pandemic.
“As with Marvel films, the hero uses superpowers to save the world from evil.
“Similarly, our doctors, nurses, police officers, firefighters, and all other first responders are doing their jobs without hesitation during this pandemic.”
Mr Nadar stated that he had not determined the number of coffees to be distributed throughout the year, but the response from the community had been positive, and he was prepared to distribute as many coffees as needed.
While some have asked him to extend the gift to other emergency services professionals, such as supermarket employees and cleaners, Mr Nadar stated that he needed to focus on first responders in order to keep his business afloat.
“We’d love to be able to give back to every emergency services worker, but… I believe that those are the people who are tackling this problem on the ground.
“If I give away free coffee to everyone, I may run out of cafes that can give away free coffee to first responders,” he joked.
When the Otago Daily Times approached police officers and firefighters for comment, they expressed gratitude for the initiative but stated that they were unable to favour any particular business or accept gifts.
According to barista Ayano Motodane, two firefighters who visited the cafe yesterday were appreciative of the complimentary coffees.
“They ordered two coffees and one scone, and were overjoyed when I informed them that they only needed to pay for the scone.