Hospitality group Solotel and beer giant Carlton & United Breweries are hosting a series of fundraisers to send money and clothing, after the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal on the weekend.
The quake created a lot of innocent victims in a very poor part of the world, and touched Australia both through our citizens caught in the turmoil and Nepalese people living here.
Every Solotel venue will be running a ‘Karma Keg’ event, where customers choose to pay what they like for a schooner of beer donated by CUB, with all money going to the fundraiser.
“We just wanted to help our Nepalese family and friends,” said Sarah Lewis, licensee of the Golden Sheaf, which hosted the first of the events last night.
“We have a number of Nepalese members of our team. They started the fundraising idea and we just wanted to help in any way we could.”
The Sheaf was around 200 people arrive on short notice to donate, and staff donated their time behind the bar and serving drinks.
After three hours, the 10pm tally counted over $4,700, to be added to Nepalese employee Sugat Man Udas’ own efforts, totalling over $6400 so far.
The Sheaf will be donating any leftover stock to venues that wish to hold their own Karma Keg event, and every Solotel venue will run its event this week.
“We have a lot of Nepalese people working within the group and they make up an extremely important part of our family. This is the absolute least we can do to help,” said Elliot Solomon, Solotel Operations.
To donate to this worthy cause, go to www.gofundme.com/Love-for-nepal
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