Kind-hearted retiree donates entire $750 stimulus payment to local cafe

Apr 27, 2020
The cafe's owner shared the heartwarming story on social media. Source: Facebook/The Timbuktu Cafe.

A cafe owner in Melbourne was left speechless after he received a generous donation from an anonymous retired couple.

Pierre Patole, who runs The Timbuktu Cafe in Brighton East, opened his cafe on Friday to find that an envelope had been pushed under the door. Upon opening it, he found a typed note and a total of $750 in cash.

“I found this under our door when I opened the cafe,” Pierre wrote on Facebook. “No name. Whoever you are, thank you so much. Lost for words.”

The anonymous donor explained that they and their partner receive an income of less than $80,000 per year and therefore qualify for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card. This means that they also automatically qualified for the recently rolled out stimulus payment of $750 each from the federal government.

“The government says the $750 is for us to spend to help the economy,” the letter reads. “I need nothing that I can think to spend it on and have thought that I would like to donate it to your business Pierre – you are certainly part of the economy and we very much admire your efforts to create a wonderful new family focused business.

“Plus your ever smiling welcome despite these hard times – it helps us all.”

I found this under our door when I opened the cafe. No name. Whoever you are, thank you so much.Lost for words. ❤️

Posted by The Timbuktu Cafe on Thursday, 23 April 2020

The kind-hearted couple signed off the letter: “All the very best. We hope this helps in a small way.”

Many people commended the anonymous donors for their actions. One person wrote: “That is amazing! Love hearing about these kinds of stories.. I wish you and your business well, both now and when things pick up again. And many blessings to the person that made the donation.”

Another commented: “This bought a tear to my eye, this is such an amazing and selfless gesture. Bless them.”

While another said: “What a magnanimous gesture, with specific details of why they acted in such a generous way- if we all gave details and reasons for our actions, what a better understanding we would have of each other. Thanks for sharing, this is brilliant. You obviously brighten the lives of others with your friendly and positive disposition- more power to you Pierre.”

The first stimulus payment of $750 was announced by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on March 12 and it was paid directly into the bank accounts of more than 6.5 million eligible Australians from March 31. This includes Australians in receipt of welfare payments, as well as age pensioners and those who hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

A second payment of $750 is also set to be paid out from July 13.

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