As more details come to light of the devastating drought in Eastern states, communities are jumping on board with fundraising efforts.
And so ‘Parma for a Farmer’ has taken off on social media, with accredited restaurants donating $1 from every chicken parmigiana to the Buy a Bale campaign in August.
The idea began with a Bendigo resident a fortnight ago and has since been picked up across the country.
The Blazing Stump Hotel in Wodonga is among the countless venues across the region who have joined the campaign, with a goal to sell 2000 parmas this month.
“We’re expecting to reach that goal – everyone attending our Thursday night parma night will buy one,” said manager Michael Horsell.
“We have a lot of customers who work on the land and it’s a family pub.
“Every little bit counts.”
The Parma for a Farmer campaign, also being run at venues including Schnitz Albury and the Riverina Hotel in Holbrook, comes after the driest July since 2002.
With all of NSW drought-affected, the NSW Business Chamber is examining the flow on effects to regional communities and businesses with a survey.
“We urge business owners and operators to complete the survey, even if you are not a primary producer or agribusiness directly affected by drought,” said regional manager Andrew Cottrill.
“The NSW Business Chamber will ensure our state and federal governments have a clear picture of the impact.”
If parmas aren’t your style:
- The Jack’s Store in Corryong is running ‘Coffee for a Cocky’, donating 50 centres per coffee until the end of August
- At Borella Butchery, for every 1 kilogram of bacon you buy in August $2 will be donated to Buy a Bale