ANZAC dawn service Gladstone 2016.
ANZAC dawn service Gladstone 2016. Mike Richards

Cafe owner gives Gladstone RSL a money hit

THE Returned and Services League Gladstone Branch will get a nice little perk up from the Chillaxing cafe after the dawn service this morning.

The RSL Branch asked the coffee shop to open to serve the early morning crowd at the dawn service.

Cafe owner Shelly Strange said there were people waiting at Gladstone Square Shopping Centre at 3am and the Chillaxing team were flat out until the service began.

People were waiting outside Chillaxing from 3am for the dawn service this morning.
People were waiting outside Chillaxing from 3am for the dawn service this morning. Shelly Strange

Shelly has only owned the cafe for 11 months and wasn't sure if opening the cafe on Anzac Day was the right thing to do.

"I don't normally work Anzac Day, it's not me," she said.

"But the RSL asked me to do it."

The RSL gave her a donation tin which people put their change into and Shelly would be donating some of the profits back to the RSL after selling coffees, bacon and egg rolls and bacon and egg sandwiches.

Shelly said Robinette Clarke made over 80 Anzcac biscuits to sell to customers to raise more money for the RSL.

On the coffee machine the two Brookes, Brooke 'One' Gillespie and Brooke 'Two' Revell, had a system to keep up with the huge crowd.

"We had hundreds of people. I had the tops of the coffee cups already labelled with latte, cappuccino or flat white," shelly said.

"I would just put the names on them and the girls would quickly make them. They would move down and get sugar at the end.

"It was a production line."



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