Members of the Australian Hotels Association Newcastle Hunter are joining forces with hoteliers across the state in a bid to raise more than $150,000 for struggling farmers.
The Australian Hotels Association NSW today announced its members across NSW will pledge donations to farming charity Rural Aid.
Local hoteliers across Newcastle and the Hunter will join the campaign via a unique and local initiative called Fork to Farm which will see hotels pledge a donation before Thursday, 9 August.
“Fork to Farm is unique in that many of our hoteliers have already created independent fundraisers at their venues by pledging a percentage of meals sold to our struggling rural neighbours while others have also organised fundraising events, so by coming under one united banner we can pool our resources with hoteliers from all over NSW and together provide a significant contribution to those who are doing it tough,” AHA Newcastle Hotels Representative Nikki Taylor said.
"By coming under one united banner we can pool our resources with hoteliers from all over NSW and together provide a significant contribution to those who are doing it tough...”
A number of local hoteliers have already pledged their contribution with the Junction Hotel, Bull n’ Bush Medowie, and George Tavern Greenhills already confirming a donation of $5,000 per venue.
“We are just happy to help wherever we can and it’s a cause we are certainly passionate about,” Bull n’ Bush hotelier Eileen Clark said.
George Tavern hotelier Janine Redman said in addition to the hotel’s pledge, staff would also make donation tins available at the venue for patrons to participate should they wish.
“This is a great opportunity for hotels to support the wider community and we know there’s a lot of people out there who also want to help. Any money raised from the Fork to Farm tins will be put toward our overall fundraising goal in addition our pledge of $5,000.”