Patrons help farmers
Great Western Hotel patrons raised $1331.30 for drought-stricken farmers in NSW and Queensland in just over three hours during a ‘Farmers Session Sunday’.
The hotel ran a ‘Keg for a Cause’, where patrons paid what they wanted for their pots of beer, be it $3 or $30, knowing every cent would be donated to the cause.
Great Northern, through its Let It Pour campaign, donated a keg of beer to 1000 pubs and clubs in a quest to raise $1-million dollars during the weekend.
Great Western Hotel publican Danial Ahchow said people lined up at the bar wanting a drink and to donate money as soon as the keg was tapped.
“I think that is the very special thing about people from the country. When the chips are down they are always there wanting to help,” he said.
Stawell band ‘The Shakes’ provided entertainment and Best’s and Seppelt wineries donated wine for a raffle during the Sunday session.
“We are ecstatic with our result,” Mr Ahchow said.
“At the start of the month we added a ‘Farmer Parma’ to our menu. With every one ordered, we will donate $5 to Lions Australia’s Need for Feed. On Saturday we hit a tally of 601 Farmer Parmas.
“We will keep the Farmer Parma on the menu for the rest of the year, so there is still plenty of time to show your support to struggling farmers.”
The Great Western Hotel is open seven days a week and on the highway between Stawell and Ararat.
LET IT POUR: Great Western Hotel publican Danial Ahchow.