Fraser Coast pubs and clubs get behind flood appeal

SEVERAL Fraser Coast pubs and clubs are raising a glass for flood-affected communities in the sunshine state.

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More than 500 barrels of beer will be rolled out to around 220 pubs and clubs in the sunshine state to help raise funds for those impacted by the recent severe flooding.

Great Northern ’s Ian Giles said the venues had volunteered to participate in the Great Northern Brewing Co. Flood Appeal from March 30 to April 3.

Participating venues will donate all proceeds from the sale of specifically marked Great Northern kegs to The Rotary Foundation Australia Flood Appeal.

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“We put out the call and within a few days hundreds of pubs and clubs volunteered to raise funds for those in flood devastated communities,” Mr Giles said.

“Great Northern is incredibly humbled by the passion and generosity of people who respond to help their mates when they need a hand,” he said.

“Many of the venues lending a helping hand are only themselves recovering from recent COVID closures.

“It’s admirable that the pubs and clubs of Queensland are setting aside their own problems and profits in order to help others.”

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Mr Giles said there were many pubs and clubs in flood affected regions, with a number facing major rebuilds to get their doors open again.

“Great Northern, in addition to the appeal, has also extended support to flood ravaged pubs,” he said. 

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“We have teams of experts in flood regions helping hotels to get back to business. Our teams are cleaning or replacing beer lines, putting in new systems and replacing ruined stock free of charge. We’re also donating a couple of kegs to each affected pub to help get them back on their feet.

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“Great Northern is a much-loved beer in Queensland so when things are tough, we feel we should give back and lend a helping hand. Donating kegs is a logical way for us to give support.”

Rotary Foundation Australia Chair, Maurie Stack said: “Through our community-led approach, donations to the appeal will help affected communities to adapt to these climatic changes and to support basic emergency initiatives to help prepare for and prevent this flooding into the future.”

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