The moment you meet the team at Stone and Wood, Byron Bay, you know you’re in the presence of a company with heart.
Not only do the original brewers of the Northern Rivers provide a range of deliciously unique lagers and ales currently sold in bottle shops and bars across Australia; with their company ethos firmly rooted in their local community, their day-to-day impact far exceeds bottles of – albeit superior – beer.
Stone and Wood is dedicated to giving back to the local community which helped them achieve the success story they can tell today.
Every month, the popular brewing company, which quickly became a household brand after their establishment in 2008, chooses a local, grassroots charity to support through their Ingrained Program.
During the month, 100% of profits from the sale of beer (excluding tasting paddles), and money raised through a coin collection from their customers, is donated directly to a good cause.
Throughout August and September, Heartfelt Homes, a small not-for-profit founded in 2013 in the Northern Rivers of NSW, was proud to be nominated as Stone and Wood’s beneficiaries.
Founded in Lennox Head, NSW, Heartfelt Homes is a charity which utilises existing hotel and motel facilities to provide accommodation to the families of patients receiving treatment in hospital far away from home.
We recently received an outstanding amount of $3951.29 from Stone and Wood, which is already being put to good use and significantly helping us on our mission to say YES to every single family, every single time.
Families just like Heartfelt Homes’ Founding Director, Caroline Meehan.
In 2013, part-time hairdresser and full-time mum, Caroline, and her partner, Andy, were living in Lennox Head with their two small children, Banjo and Kitty. The day self-employed Andy received a diagnosis of thyroid cancer, his income stopped immediately, and his family were torn between their home in Lennox Head and his gruelling treatment at The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
For weeks on end, Caroline would drop their two and three-year-old children off at kindy at 7.00 am, sit by Andy’s bedside all day and drive home to pick them up just as the kindy was closing at 7.00 pm.
Six-hour round trips and a family split in two became the norm for this normal family from regional Australia.
Realising she couldn’t be alone in this situation, Caroline started to look for solutions on how she could help other families like hers stay together during medical crisis. And, during this time, Heartfelt Homes was born. You can read Caroline’s full story HERE.
Caroline Meehan and her family in 2014
Yesterday, we got the opportunity to visit the Stone and Wood brewery in Byron Bay, hang out with the guys, get to know them better but, more importantly for us, give them a Heartfelt thanks for their valuable support.
At Heartfelt Homes, family is at the core of everything we do. As the second largest independently-owned brewery in Australia, Stone and Wood is an organisation built on the same values. It’s not about the money for Stone and Wood, and that’s evident from the outset.
Why are they so committed to helping their local community? Well, you’d have to ask them that, but, in our personal experience it’s because they care…and there’s nothing more to it than that.
When we left, we were given kombuchas for the road and a warm invitation to return at any time. With our hearts filled with gratitude, we’ll be back to visit these legends very soon. THANK YOU, guys, for your support and for a great afternoon catching up.
If you’re in the Byron Bay area, we highly recommend you book in for a brewery tour or just call in and say hi for a laid-back afternoon of great beer and even better company.
To help Heartfelt Homes say YES to more families facing medical crisis away from home, please CLICK HERE to donate today or call Fiona MacAnally on 0478 111 508 for more information on how you can support us.