The idea of an ice-cream truck that went out and about within our local community helping raise funds for schools, teams and charities first came about at a Business Planning session and it just grew from there. Finding the truck proved to be a bit of a challenge and it was only when we were meeting with St Johns Ambulance, who we support, that the idea of converting a decommissioned ambulance came about – and from then on we were off! Initially we were looking at a Mr Whippy type scenario but then people kept saying that you can’t beat a good old traditional rolled ice-cream in a cone so we contacted Tip-Top who came to the party. They have been extremely generous to us helping out with the loan of freezers, delivery of the ice-cream and the cone sleeves and they help out with other events we sponsor.
We also decided that while having an ice-cream truck was great it was really only practical for the summer months so we decided that we would add coffee to the mix and that way we could be active fairly consistently throughout the year. Atomic Coffee, like Tip-Top, just understood what we were trying to do and what we were hoping to achieve in giving back to the community and they also stepped up to help us out. We are now very proud to have fully trained baristas working in the truck and serving exceptional Atomic coffee to the community. Our business partners pitched in as well helping with everything from purchasing the generator (so we can go anywhere and be totally self-sufficient) to the design and look of the truck. After a month or so we realised that we could make more money for the charities we were supporting if we had EFTPOS available so our wonderful banking partner ASB provided us with a mobile EFTPOS terminal.
So how does it work you might ask? Basically you need to talk to your local Harcourts Cooper & Co agent and let them know what the fundraising event is and if it is something they are keen to support they will see if the date is available. By the way, coffee&cone does need to be parked on a flat surface, preferably not grass, in order for the coffee machine to work. And once you’ve booked it in we pretty much take care of the rest. We will turn up and get set up 20-30 minutes prior to opening, we have our own generator (which can be a bit loud so don’t put us next to the stage), own water and we come fully staffed. We also have gazebos, tables and chairs that we can use if required for an outdoor cafe. We, in general, sell ice-creams for $2 per single scoop with $1 going to fundraising, and for coffees we sell them for $4 with $2 going to fundraising. We will advise you of the funds raised and ask you to send us an invoice for the amount owed and payment will be made to your school, sports team, charity or organisations bank account.
And that’s how coffee&cone came about and where it is heading. If you want to be part of the journey talk to your local Harcourts Cooper & Co sales consultant or office today or contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.