By Mitchell Clarke
The boys behind a Berwick pizza business are providing free meals for those in need during the Coronavirus crisis.
Israth Batcha, Fawaz Mohamed and Faizal Izzedeen of Mama Boys Pizza, decided to launch the initiative after sympathising with struggling families amid the pandemic.
“We thought that this is a difficult situation, it’s been a very difficult time for all of us, but some people have lost their jobs and have no way to get work,” Mr Batcha explained.
“One side of this problem is the health issues but the other is the financial side, so we thought it’d be good if we could actually provide a meal or two to people in need.”
Mama Boys Pizza, located on Bemersyde Drive, are hopeful their act of good might inspire other businesses to get involved in spreading kindness.
“We are a really small business in this area but I’m pretty sure if we can help with the idea to look after each other, other businesses could follow and this could be a game changer,” Mr Batcha said.
“As parents, we all have families and children to look after and we know how difficult it can be, so if families can share a pizza with their children, it can be a little relief.
“At the end of the day, we just want to help those in need.”
The generous offer – which is expected to run throughout the second lockdown period – can be redeemed by messaging the Mama Boys Facebook page.
But staff are hopeful their kindness won’t be taken for granted, and have asked people to “not be greedy” and to only take up the free food if needed.
Casey Young Citizen of the Year and Youth Action Committee Mentor, Jessica Vidic, said the random act of kindness should be recognised in the community.
“It is touching to see that although small businesses are suffering through this current crisis, they are still willing to reach out to those that are most vulnerable in our community,” Ms Vidic said.