Donations pour in for farm relief
THE beers were flowing just like any other weekend at the Cattle Camp Hotel, with one key difference: the beers raised $2000 for drought relief.
After announcing it had joined the Great Northern Brewing Co’s Let It Pour campaign, patrons flocked to the Cattle Camp.
Ian Tyack, manager of the hotel, said Charleville rallied around the bar in support of Let It Pour.
“Friday night was our main night, where we had the raffles in conjunction with the Rotary club and Neighbourhood Centre, karaoke and a band.
“The pub was so packed you could barely move and the response to the ‘drought beers’ – as customers ended up calling them – was fantastic.
“We did about three kegs of the Great Northern and it has ended up being one of the best nights we’ve had for 12 months or so,” Mr Tyack said.
As well as raising funds from the beers, the Cattle Camp donated $2 from every meal purchased on Friday, which came to about $150 for the evening.
Donations flowed in all weekend from patrons, despite many of them being the ones doing it tough, Mr Tyack said.
“We were the most remote outlet and Great Northern didn’t want to go any further because those are the places that are really droughtstricken – at least we’ve got a little bit of a town here.
“It’s hard to go raising money when you’re so far out. I think in the city the people should be putting their hands in their pockets because they’re not suffering as much as us.
“A lot of my customers here are from properties, so they were more or less donating to themselves.”
Mr Tyack said it was really the thought that counted.
One man in particular gave up his spare change and made a difference, he said.
“Towards the end of the night, one young fella said, ‘Hey Ian, put this with your money.’
“All his pockets were filled with loose change and he ended up handing over about eight or nine dollars there.
“Just the thought of it, someone thinking about the farmers and throwing it in, made it a great night.”
GOOD WORK: Cattle Camp manager Ian Tyack hands over a cheque raised for drought relief via Let It Pour.