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Pubs in Sydney are giving you an easy way to help drought-stricken farmers

By Marni Dixit August 7, 2018
Drought

#Parma4AFarmer

A simple campaign as created plenty of support for Aussie famers who are struggling due to the drought. 

The campaign, called Parma for a Farmer sees registered pubs and clubs donate a dollar for every chicken parmigiana sold to the Buy a Bale fundraiser which helps Aussie farmers to pay their bills and feed their livestock. 

The hashtag #parma4afarma has been trending on both Twitter and Facebook which has seen more hotels and clubs joining in the fundraising effort.

The idea comes from Amanda Kinross, who created the Parma for a Farmer Facebook page which now has 21,000 likes. 

Organisers do not have a complete list of the pubs and clubs who are participating because they are constantly being contacted by new business who would like to help. Interest in the campaign crashed the Buy a Bale website. 

They wrote on Facebook:

“We realise there is a need to compile a list of those participating but as there are so many joining by the minute we haven't had a chance due to time spent on replying to email with info on how to sign up. 

“Please bear with us while we get a website up and running into which you can add your business directly. This has all come upon us way faster than we imagined but we're on it, keep posted for the next update.”

It’s worth asking your local pub whether they’re taking part so you have even more reason to order a delicious parma. Some of the pubs participating in Sydney include:

Wests League Club, Leumeah

The Glenroy Hotel, Alexandria

Horsley Park Tavern, Horsley Park

Lakeside Golf Club, Camden

The Parkview Hotel, CBD

Country Club Gledswood Hills

Strawberry Hills Hotel, Surry Hills

Colonial Hotel, Werrington

Eastern Creek Tavern

Ms Kinross told News.Com.Au she’s been overwhelmed by the response. She and her family aren’t farmers but live in a rural area and she was filled with sadness while reading coverage of the drought. 

“One image - an interview of a farmer who was facing having to put down his starving stock and couldn’t even afford the bullets - just stuck with me.”

“I just thought, there must be something simple we can do.”

The Australian Hotels Association is urging pubs around the country to join the campaign with chief executive Paddy O’Sullivan saying pubs have a long tradition of helping out during tough times like these:

“The local pub is the heart of the local community.”

“Publicans see themselves as a community facility where locals can all come together, and the local public is always a great centrepiece for the community in order for these sorts of causes to be supported.”

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