In The Hub by Clyde Mooney

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City North Liquor Accord is leading a charge amongst Sydney city venues to tap into their rural roots and big country hearts through Rural Aid’s ‘Buy a Bale’ initiative to help farmers struggling with the effects of the drought.

Pubs around the country are once again showing their community spirit by banding together to help their rural brothers, suffering one of the worst droughts in living memory.

Recognising that city-siders can be insulated from the hardship being seen across vast tracts of agricultural communities, the City North Liquor Accord (CNLA) is executing a campaign bringing to light the quiet suffering of drought-stricken areas.

The CNLA incorporates licensed venues from the CBD and The Rocks, and the campaign to support farmers will encompass all of its members.

The Accord is sponsoring two semi-trailers of hay to be transported to an area in need, and encouraging its many members to hold their own fundraising efforst.

This will include programs such as the Fortune of War and Mercantile Hotel’s plans to donate 50c from every beer sold on Wednesdays throughout August and September.

A number of the CNLA’s members originate from outside the city, including president and licensee of the Fortune of War, Steven Speed, who emanates from Bathurst.

“The pub is the heart of the community, and in the country when you have a problem you go to the pub to find help,” he says. “This is our way of taking the city venues to the country to help out our mates and farmers in the country.”

All money raised will be donated directly to Rural Aid’s ‘Buy a Bale’ Initiative.

To make a donation visit Buy A Bale.