Guzman y Gomez (GYG) has been involved with Misión México since 2007. GYG is Australia’s leading Mexican fast casual food concept. Originally, Deborah Grossman contacted me for free burrito cards for a Misión México fundraiser in Sydney, which we were more than happy to donate. I didn’t know much about Misión México, but after doing more research into Misión México and Pam and Alan Skuse, I knew Misión México and GYG would be inseparable.
The Skuse’s are incredibly special people, and have dedicated their lives to the children at Misión México and most importantly their future.
I was fortunate to have visited Misión México in February 2010, and I could not recommend a more life changing experience. Misión México is GYG’s charity of choice, as well as my wife, Penne and I.
GYG has sponsored multiple events including the premier of ‘Somewhere Near Tapahula’, a dedicated fundraiser drive for the Misión México Surf Project; in-store donations; entire wall graphics of Misión México in our newest restaurants; annual financial contributions towards Misión México (UK) through ´free burrito´days and Mexican Independence Day events, and a soon to be announced community initiative that will benefit Misión México monthly with a portion of GYG’s sales. GYG also provides sponsorship for the adminstration side of the organisation and has just announced they will fund the sponsorhip of a new staff member in Tapachula to help with the children on a daily basis.
Two recent volunteers from Sydney actually saw the Misión México wall at our Crows Nest, NSW restaurant and ended up volunteering in Tapachula…how great is that!!
Penne and I have have personally funded Misión México, and we are proud to have helped purchase the beach front property that will house Misión México’s surfing cooperative. We have also been privileged to help one of the children with their university education, and another with his university scholarship to Australia.
Our relationship with Misión México has enhanced GYG’s in restaurant guest experience, with the knowledge that we are a socially minded company with the needs of children and their future a priority in our beliefs.
I thoroughly endorse Misión México and hope more corporations will come on board with the goal of an endowment for Misión México, which will cover all annual costs and provide a bright future (college educations!) for all of the children.
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I was first introduced to Misión México six years ago by my colleague Deborah Grossman, whose energy and drive to help is contagious. Since then I have been a passionate supporter of Pam and Alan’s work, raising funds here in Australia. I have found this to be a very fulfilling experience as I can see the difference that this makes in a demonstrable way to the lives of these wonderful kids. It’s also been inspiring to see boys like Moacir grow into men with a future.
I feel very lucky to be given the opportunity to contribute and I encourage any individual or business to get involved.
I was first introduced to Misión México by Ere Perez, the beautiful natural cosmetics company that donates to Misión México through their Rosehip Oil Lipbar named “HOPE”. I initially met Deborah Grossman (Chairman of Misión México (UK) through email and I offered her my graphic design business services. We eventually met in person at the “Somewhere Near Tapachula” screening in Sydney. People as enthusiastic like Deborah, who is completely dedicated to Misión México inspire me to continue giving my support.