There was a collective sigh of relief as we all started to plan for the summer months ahead, but remember when the sky was grey, and we were confined to the four walls of our homes? Father and sons’ team Andy, Reuben, age 7 and Sonny, age 9, Fithall witnessed and felt the impact that COVID-19 has had on the Melbourne community and wanted to bring some love and laughter to our lives with good news stories to help spread a little joy. Dad Andy decided to make lemonade out of lemons and created the family news broadcasting company- In Other Good News, to share love and joy to the Melbourne community that has been so greatly impacted by COVID-19.
(Photography: In Other Good News)
In Other Good News (IOGN) started off as a live broadcast that posted good news stories on Facebook to bring a little joy to the days which felt impossibly full of doom and gloom. From Facebook to Foodbanks, Andy and the family started organising charitable events throughout the local community. IOGN started a free coffee cart from the family driveway to boost morale and since August, started working with Melbourne's Little Gecko Coffee Roasters and created their own coffee line ‘Grindhog Day’, for which every 250g bag provides 4 meals for vulnerable Victorians. In the months of August and September alone 900 meals were created and distributed to those in need with the goal to create 4000 meals by Christmas 2020.