Australia’s bars join fundraising effort

08 January, 2020 by Brydie Allen

With hundreds of fires burning across Australia, fundraising efforts in the industry are coming from far and wide, from big and small businesses, and every dollar counts.

In the midst of such tragedy, it’s uplifting to see so many people rallying together, as they have been since fires broke out last year. The below are just some of the most recent and future great fundraising efforts coming from the industry.


Made in the Shade

Melbourne hospitality group Made in the Shade has coordinated an event on 13 January at the Everleigh. ‘Bar Bushfire Shake-Up’ will bring together 16 of the city’s iconic venues and three of Australia’s top chefs with pop up bars and food, followed by a live auction of donated experiences from the venues.

On the night, all proceeds raised will go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, to help provide emergency assistance, first aid and psychological support to communities impacted in the crisis.

Participating venues include Made in the Shade operated The Everleigh, Bar Margaux and Heartbreaker, as well as Byrdi, Eau de Vie, Black Pearl, Above Board, Capitano, Bar Liberty, Whisky & Alement, The Elysian Whisky Bar, Bad Frankie, Union Electric, Fancy Free and the Lincoln. The team behind the now closed Beaufort in Carlton will make a special comeback for the cause as well.

Made in the Shade’s Co-owners and operators, Michael and Zara Madrusan said when they put out the call to hospitality owner friends, they had venues confirmed within minutes.

“We spent the Christmas break, as so many did, thinking about what we could do to contribute to the relief effort,” said Zara,

“The hospitality industry is fantastic at working together to get things done, and we’re all used to moving fast.”

The Baxter Inn

On 29 December, The Baxter Inn specially opened on a Sunday (when they are usually closed) for a special event to raise money for the NSW Rural Fire Service.

With a $50 cover charge at the door, the Baxter Inn Bushfire Benefit saw some of Sydney’s best bartenders from a range of venues coming together to serve their signature cocktails.

Participating venues included Bulletin Place, Archie Rose Distilling Co, Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern, Proof & Company, Sweet&Chilli, Old Mate’s Place, Tio’s Cerveceria, Shade Pines Saloon, Scout, The Lobo Plantation, Charlie Parker’s, Mary’s and Door Knock.

The Baxter Inn Bushfire BenefitAll proceeds of the night will go to NSW Rural Fire ServiceSunday 29 December 20194pm…

Posted by The Baxter Inn on Monday, 23 December 2019


Justin Hemmes kicked off Merivale’s fundraiser for the NSW RFS by personally donating $500,000. The online fundraiser has the goal of $1 million in total, and has already raised over $18,000 through Facebook.

On Instagram, Hemmes wrote that he saw firsthand the heroic efforts of firefighters, protecting communities in Berrara and Narooma.

The post continued: “To the brave firefighters who continue to risk their lives in extreme and terrifying conditions – thank you. You are all heroes. Australia is forever in your debt. In these difficult and heartbreaking times, it is easy to feel helpless – but we can all make a difference.”