PUBS, restaurants and cafes across the twin towns are throwing their support behind drought stricken farmers.
The prolonged dry has seen NSW 100 per cent drought declared, Queensland is sliding further into drought.
So Rural Aid has launched its Parma for a Farmer campaign to raise funds for the Buy a Bale fundraiser which has been buying truckloads of hay and shipping them north.
In Echuca-Moama the Border Inn, The American Hotel, Tara’s Hall Hotel, the Pastoral Pub, Shamrock, Port Bar & Grill, 1895 The Royal, Echuca Workers Club, The Star, the Caledonian, BYL, Moama RSL and The Falcon are all rallying to support the farmers buy donating a dollar for each parmi sold to the Buy a Bale cause.
The American Hotel has also joined forces with Iron Jack and they will donate 50 cents from every schooner sold in August and September.
Border Inn manager Daniel Hegarty said he was excited to be a part of ‘‘such a terrific initiative’’.
‘‘We decided to get involved in the cause because our owners previously owned a farm and they know firsthand that it can be tough,’’ Daniel said.
‘‘It’s a fantastic initiative and it’s bringing the whole community together; we’ve definitely seen a spike in parmi orders.
‘‘We still have our parmi nights on Wednesday. People are coming in and directly asking for a parmi, without even looking at the menu, and that’s really good.
‘‘It’s just a really great feeling all round.’’
For every parmigiana sold, $1 will be directly donated to the cause. Already, The Border Inn has raised more than $300 — and this is from just one venue in the town. It takes $20 to buy a small bale of hay and help transport it to the affected areas or $100 to buy a large bale of hay — and $9500 will buy transportation and a semi-trailer load of hay.
If you’re not a fan of the pub classic, you can head over to BYL which has a donation tin; or The Falcon, which will donate $2 from every meal sold on Father’s Day.
The Moama RSL is also in the early stages of planning a fundraiser to support the drought-affected farmers.
Otherwise, you can donate directly or find out what fundraiser you can organise at buyabale.com.au
■On Thursday Tongala Football Netball Club is staging its own Parma for a Farmer night.
Instead of $1 for every order, the club has pledged all profits from the evening will go to Buy a Bale.
The club is encouraging every club supporter — and everyone in town and the surrounding district — to turn up and order a meal.
Club spokesman John Bentley said the Blues were hoping for ‘‘a lot of bums on seats and money in the hat’’.