In Other Good News - The Family Spreading Joy in Melbourne Community, One News Story at a Time

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.

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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.

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COVID-19 impacted so many people causing unemployment, financial strain, the stress of home-schooling, anxiety and depression, and, unfortunately, the Fithall family were not exempt from this. Andy was made redundant in March 2020 and started to feel a dark cloud set in, realising many others would be experiencing the same darkness Andy made it his job to bring some lightness back into our lives. Creating ‘In Other Good News’ with the support of his sons Reuben and Sonny, the Fithall family brought us, the locals, the neighbours, the friends, the community in isolation feel connected.

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Andy shared with The Social Catalog his dreams for IOGN.

‘We now have a mission to grow the IOGN brand into a company that gives to charities ongoing and continues to help people in need. We aim to create interactive content that features locals, and people doing good things, to provide an alternative source of content that makes you feel a bit better about the current situation.’

In Other Good News has spread joy and made many of us here at the Social Catalog excited to attend more special events like the Telethon ‘Funkin 4 Foodbank’, a one hour show which featured special guest hosts Dan and Dani from "The Block", interviews with Foodbank CEO Dave McNamarra, Mayor Sarah Carter, State member Katie Hall, Federal Member Tim Watts, live entertainment from the 5th best cover band in West Footscray "The Hansen Reserves" plus pre-recorded content from Rob Mills, Shaynna Blaze, Darren Palmer, Shelley Craft, Helen Manuel and local drag queens from Pride of Our Footscray bar. ‘Funkin 4 Foodbank’ raised an amazing $6,000 and motivated the mission of IOGN to have ethical standards that gives to charities ongoing and continues to help people in our community who are in need.

To show your love and appreciation for The Fithall Family who supported us through lockdown you can head to to listen to the live broadcasts, read the good news stories, buy yourself a bag of ‘Groundhog day ‘coffee beans and sip soundly knowing you are supporting the Fithall Family and IOGN provide meals for vulnerable Victorians through the aid of FoodBank.

You can also keep up with IOGN by following them on Instagram and Facebook.

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