Dona­tions pour in for farm re­lief

Western Times - - NEWS -

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GOOD WORK: Cat­tle Camp man­ager Ian Ty­ack hands over a cheque raised for drought re­lief via Let It Pour.

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