'Busy Bee' community service

'Busy Bee' Culture of Community Service

When people in Como were talking about the 'Busy Bee Deli', there were two things they always said. "Gem and his family are really nice people," and "He always remembers me, my name, and what I like."

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A terrible crime against a hardworking family

The night of the blaze, Tuesday, 13 October 2015, Gem left the shop as per usual, at around 8:10pm. 3 hours later, Gem received a phone call from a regular customer who lives next door to the shop.

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History of the 'Busy Bee Deli'

Gautam ‘Gem’ Gautam bought the Busy Bee Deli on 9 May 2014. At that time, the shop was fairly run down by its previous owner, a single mom without staff. When Gem took over, customers suddenly noticed a lot of positive changes.

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Arson fire victim generously supports WA Bushfire Victims

When Gautam ‘Gem’ Gautam learned about the WA bushfires on 7 January 2016, the owner of the Como Busy Bee Deli immediately thought about how he could assist the hundreds of people who lost their homes. Having lost, three months earlier, his convenience store to an arson attack, he could very well relate to the victims and came up with a great idea. He has a whole cold storage room full of drinks that he kept for when his shop reopens. Instead, he decided to donate them to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund.

On Saturdays and Sundays, from 13 and 14 February alle the way to end of March, he will – together with friends and supporter from his local community – set up his Busy Bee Deli Bushfire Relief stall in the Neil MacDougall Park, in the BBQ area next to the playground. He will give away drinks to both parents and children, in return for gold coin donations to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund. Saturdays the stall will open from 10am till 4pm, on Sundays form 9am till 3pm.

Alternative locations are planned, but still pending council approval:

  • 20 and 21 February, at Sir James Mitchell Park, South of Coode Street Jetty, in between public car parks.
  • 27 and 28 February, at Windsor Park, at the entrance of Perth Zoo. 
  • 5 and 6 March, again at Sir James Mitchell Park, this time in the Scented Garden.

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Busy Bee Deli Arson Appeal
BSB  306 095
Acc 0243251

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Western Australia, 6152

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