FUNDRAISING is not new to the Bull ‘n’ Bush Hotel in Medowie, having donated every dollar made from pub raffles over the last five years and raising over $19 000 in total to charities and services such as Kaleidoscope, the Mark Hughes Foundation, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Medowie Rural Fire Service, Breast Cancer Research, and also some locals that fall on hard times.
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Last year they were proud to host the Bale Out The Drought fundraiser, managed by Councillor Mr Chris Doohan, which raised over $80 000 for Buy A Bale.
With no end to the drought in sight, it was decided in October that they needed to make drought relief the main focus for fundraising.
Licensee Eileen Clark told News Of The Area, “We’ve added another raffle on Saturday nights, and we’ve pledged to personally donate $2 for every scotch fillet or chicken schnitzel sold on a Saturday night to Rural Aid.”
“We were also excited to see a new idea in the Buy A Bale truck poster where you can buy a sticker for $20 and stick it on our truck, with each sticker representing an actual bale.”
“It’s very rewarding to see exactly how close we are to sending an entire truck load!”
“The Bull ‘n’ Bush will also host their Christmas raffle on 7 December, with all of the money raised going to Rural Aid.”
“If any local businesses would like to donate an item or voucher, the hotel and our Australian farmers would be extremely grateful!”
While Port Stephens has only recently commenced Level 1 water restrictions, many rural communities have been in dire straits for a long time.
The latest drought map released by the Department of Primary Industries shows that across NSW, only 0.4% is not in drought.
Other figures show that 0.2% is recovering, 45.6% is drought affected, 20.8% is in drought and an alarming 33% of the state is experiencing intense drought.
Any queries about the drought relief can be sent to the Bull ‘n’ Bush Hotel Medowie Facebook page.
By Julie McKIMM