Giv­ing back to as­sist farm­ers

Surge of pub­lic sup­port at pubs, ho­tels

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

IN times of great need, com­mu­nity can make all the dif­fer­ence.

The peo­ple of the Lock­yer Valley and Som­er­set re­gions firmly got be­hind fundrais­ing cam­paigns run by pubs and ho­tels in the re­gions this month to sup­port farm­ers strug­gling with drought.

Sev­eral lo­cal venues took part in the Parma for a Farmer cam­paign over the course of Au­gust and the Great North­ern Let It Pour ini­tia­tive dur­ing the fi­nal week­end of the month.

Porters Plain­land Ho­tel had an in­crease of 20-30 per cent in schnitzel sales last month and a dol­lar from the 2100 they sold in Au­gust was given to Buy a Bale.

That do­na­tion was boosted by $246.75 taken from a col­lec­tion tin on the bar.

On top of that, the ho­tel will do­nate $4055 to the Drought Re­lief Fund, ad­min­is­tered by Ro­tary Aus­tralia, af­ter pour­ing 811 schooners from Au­gust 24 to 26.

“Peo­ple were re­ally en­joy­ing the fact that they could or­der a parma or have a few schooners and know that it was go­ing to as­sist the farm­ers,” mar­ket­ing man­ager Mel Porter said.

“Peo­ple were re­ally choos­ing that on the menu so they could con­trib­ute,” Ms Porter said.

The Esk Grand Ho­tel raised $2200 through Parma for a Farmer and $850 for the Let It Pour event.

Owner and man­ager Joseph Abeya said the re­sponse from the com­mu­nity had ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions.

“It’s been quite re­fresh­ing to see peo­ple’s re­sponses,” Mr Abeya said.

“It was an ob­vi­ous thing for us be­cause the sever­ity of the sit­u­a­tion needed a re­sponse.

“We put great meat on our plates and fresh veg­eta­bles and fresh sal­ads – and it all re­lies on farm­ers, so it re­ally wasn’t much of a de­ci­sion, and the op­por­tu­nity came up and we just re­sponded.”

— Lach­lan Mcivor, Do­minic El­some

PHOTO: DO­MINIC EL­SOME

PARMA PAYS: Esk Grand Ho­tel owner and man­ager Joseph Abeya.

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