Hunter licensed venues are throwing their support behind drought-stricken farmers the best way they know how – through beer.
Brewer Great Northern is donating 1000 kegs to venues across NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia for this weekend’s Let It Pour drought fundraising campaign.
All proceeds from beers sold from the donated kegs will go to drought relief.
Great Northern general manager Mick McKeown said the brewer had tipped in $250,000 and hoped to raise $1 million.
“Venues in Newcastle have been very quick to sign up to help,” he said.
“It’s the Australian way to help a mate when things are tough and 1000 pubs and clubs across Australia are committing to help our farming mates through a very trying time.
“Regional Australia has supported Great Northern since day one and this weekend it’s time for us to help give back.”
Warners Bay Hotel is one of the more than 20 venues across the Hunter, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens that have jumped aboard.
“We are really proud to take part in Let it Pour,” Warners Bay Hotel owner Andrew Davis said.
“We’re getting an enormous reaction from locals keen to support the event.
“I haven’t come across one patron not moved by the plight of our farmers right now.
“I don’t think we’ll have any hassle convincing our customers to get right behind Let It Pour this weekend and buy a beer for a bushie.”
It comes after the NSW government declared 100 per cent of the state to be in drought earlier this month.
Farmers across the Hunter have been struggling through dry conditions for many months.
There have been several fundraising efforts across the region in recent weeks.
All proceeds from Let It Pour campaign on Saturday and Sunday will be donated to the Drought Relief Fund, which is administered by Rotary Australia.
A map showing participating venues is available online at letitpour.com.au.
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