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An Australian Family is raffling off their profitable seaside cafe to travel through Australia in a caravan – and giving one lucky winner the chance to own a profitable seaside café for just $15!

It all started when a friend mentioned a resort in Panama that was raffled off. Laura realised that by finding a new owner for their beloved cafe this way would allow the individuals who have always dreamed of owning a business a chance to make this happen, while also raising awareness and funds for their chosen charities.

“With our love for adventure, the outdoors and the ocean, my husband and I have always planned to travel Australia when our kids were young, to really embrace this fundamental time together as a family,” Laura says.

Laura started Island Whole Foods at local markets, selling handmade raw chocolate, treats and green smoothies with her 6-month-old in tow. In 2015, it grew into a vibrant and innovative plant-based café it is today.

“I had never run a cafe before and quickly learnt on-the-go training my husband, who as well had no experience in hospitality,” Laura says. “Island Whole Foods is the only plant-based cafe in the Gippsland & Bass Coast Region and we make everything in house, including our own nut milk, beefless burger patties, cashew cheese and raw treats to name a few.”

Located in Cowes, Phillip Island, the business is currently turning over $500k and growing, with sales increasing year by year. It is Trip Advisor’s top restaurant in Phillip Island, and has a reach of over 9000 followers across Facebook and Instagram.

Serving up an all-day breakfast and lunch menu focused on wholesome plant-based ingredients, Island Whole Foods also provides specialty coffee, house made raw treats, the popular vegan COCOWHIP soft serve and superfood smoothies. It’s opened six days a week, from 8am until 3pm.

All this, just a short 250m from the Cowes foreshore.

“The cafe is also unique in the fact that it is situated in close proximity to world-class waves, pristine nature reserves, the fastest growing humpback whale migration route in the world and also Australia’s number one natural tourist attraction – the penguins,” says Laura. “The cafe is a Community hub of like-minded people with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. As a team we are very focused on sustainability, minimizing waste, reducing plastic use and supporting customers to bring reusable cups and containers for takeaway.”

With each purchase, Laura and Matt are splitting a donation of $2 between Take 3 for the Sea – who share a simple but powerful message, ‘take three pieces of rubbish when you leave the beach, waterway, or anywhere!’ – and other local charities, such as Plastic Free Phillip Island and Boomerang Bags Phillip Island.

“On our travels we want to work with organisations like Take 3 for the Sea to help educate communities on the importance of living sustainably and protecting our oceans,” says Laura. “We also want to share our minimalistic life, plant-based recipes and knowledge we gain along the way, and I am currently working on a website/blog to document this adventure under.”

Laura aims for her website, the www.theavocadotribe.com.au, to go live December.

What do you win?
One lucky winner will walk away with Island Whole Foods Café and everything in it, valued at up to AUD$187,439 (inclusive of all taxes and duties).
The prize includes:

  • The business
  • $10000 Cash
  • $4000 Stock
  • Rent, body corporate fees and council rates paid up until 4/3/2019
  • Fixtures and Business assets valued around $100,000
  • All applicable taxes, duties, and costs to transfer business and lease.

“We are aware of the many outcomes the prize may be taken however the winner of this amazing opportunity doesn’t have to accept the prize if they don’t feel fit to run a café,” says Laura. “Alternate options for the winner include selling the cafe to one of the many interested individuals (which you can discuss with us) or taking the cash and assets as the rent is paid for until the current lease ends.”

To enter, go to www.islandwholefoods.com.au and purchase a Raw Golden Chocolate Bar for $15 which entitles you to 1 x automatic entry into the draw to win the Cafe. Raw Golden Chocolate Bars can only be redeemed in store. SA residents can purchase a bar however are excluded to enter. The draw closes 16th October and winner randomly drawn 2pm on 17th October.

For full details about the promotion and the T&C’s go to www.islandwholefoods.com.au

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