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Beach Hotel to donate all membership dollars Westpac Rescue and Variety – the Children's Charity

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service CEO Richard Jones, Variety's Heartie, Zenith Hotels Director Peter Lazarus, and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Regional Partnerships Manager Jason Bourke

Since taking the reins of the iconic Beach Hotel at Merewether last year, the team at Zenith Hotels have made it their mission to connect and engage with the local community.

In addition to ongoing sponsorship of local sporting groups including Merewether Surf Life Saving Club, Merewether Boardriders, Beach Hotel Cricket Club, Beach Hotel Netball, and plans to be heavily involved in supporting Surfest 2021, the team has also decided to donate all annual membership dollars to Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Variety – the Children’s Charity.

We understand that locals are our lifeblood,” Zenith Hotels Director Peter Lazarus said.

“The Beaches co-exists with the local community and we pride ourselves on connecting with, and giving back to, the community in any way we can.”

The choice to donate all money raised by hotel memberships, which provide patrons with 10% off all food and beverage year ‘round, was an easy one according to Peter.

“All of our venues, including Shoal Bay Country Club here in the Hunter, donate their membership proceeds to different local charities and this is an important part of the Zenith Hotels mantra,” he said.

“For the Beach Hotel we chose these charities because it is super important for us to give back locally and both Variety and Westpac Rescue Helicopter do so much for the local region. If we can do a small bit to help them out, then we will.

“Being on the coast, the work that Westpac does directly aids our local community, and we chose Variety as they care for so many sick and disadvantaged children in our local community.”

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service CEO Richard Jones said the organisation was extremely grateful for the hotel’s support, as it, like all non-profit organisations, has been feeling the impacts of COVID-19 and a little bit from a lot of people helps our Service provide its vital 24-7 rescue service to those in need in the Hunter and across Northern NSW.

“The Service is celebrating 45 years of operation this year and our first ever mission back in 1975 was across the road from the Beaches Hotel at the Merewether Ocean Baths. We conduct many lifesaving missions along Newcastle’s coastline every year and we thank Zenith Hotels and the Beaches Hotel for their generous support,” Mr Jones said.

Likewise, the sentiment was echoed by Brooke Bell from Variety – the Children’s Charity.

“Variety’s fundraising efforts have been devastated by COVID-19 and we are very grateful for the Beach Hotel’s support. Donations like this ensure we continue granting to kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs,” she said.

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