The City of Melbourne is supporting a request by Sisto Malaspina’s family for members of the public to donate directly to the Salvation Army in-lieu of floral tributes.
Flowers already laid at Pellegrini’s can collected by nursing homes and individual carers from 7:00pm to 9:00pm tonight.
City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the Malaspina family has suggested that in-lieu of further flowers and gifts they would like people to donate to the Salvation Army.
“Sisto was renowned for his friendly service and hospitality. He loved our city and made people from all over the world feel welcome having a coffee in Melbourne,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Melburnians are generous and want to celebrate his life, so we encourage people to donate directly to the Salvation Army to help support people doing it tough.”
The Salvation Army provides services for people experiencing homelessness at 69 Bourke Street, across the road from Pellegrini’s. This includes a Night Time Safe Space for around 160 people to rest each night, a women’s program, an employment program, a youth program, street outreach programs and emergency relief.
Donations in tribute to Sisto can be made online or by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), rather than in person at Pelligrini’s.
The Lord Mayor said Mr Malaspina was awarded a Lord Mayor’s commendation in 2014 for operating a small business for more than 40 years.
“One of our most celebrated Melbourne migrant success stories, Sisto arrived from Italy in the 1960s and was a pioneer of Melbourne’s famous cafe culture. The success of Pellegrini’s, with its devoted clientele, is testament to Sisto’s generous personality and many decades of hard work.
“Our thoughts are with the Malaspina family, and everyone affected by the horrific events of Friday afternoon.
“We will have a civic condolence book available at Melbourne Town Hall from today to allow for future commemoration and reflection.”
Red Cross and the Victorian Council of Churches will remain onsite at Bourke Street until needed.
“I know many of us will feel the impact of these terrible events and it’s important at these times that we pull together as a community and support one another,” the Lord Mayor said.