Tuck into a parma at Wests this month and support a farmer

The Wests Group Newcastle has joined hundreds of pubs and clubs in supporting rural communities enduring one of the worst droughts in Australian history.

The Parma for a Farmer campaign is an extension of the Buy a Bale program. Participating outlets donate at least $1 from every parmigiana (parma) sold. The Wests Group Newcastle, together with schnitzel supplier Red Funnel, have pledged $2 from each parmigiana sold until September 9.

The Parma for a Farmer special is available for lunch and dinner, seven days, at Wests City, New Lambton, Mayfield, Cardiff and Nelson Bay. It’s a chicken schnitzel topped with shaved ham, napolitana sauce and shredded cheese, served with chips and salad.

“We’re asking the people of Newcastle to support this cause by ordering a Parma for a Farmer at all Wests clubs over the next four weeks. It’s our mission to give a very hefty donation to this terrific cause,” Wests Group Australia CEO Philip Gardner said. The Wests Group will also be donating a semi-trailer load of hay to Buy a Bale, valued at $9500.

The Australian Hotels Association Newcastle Hunter’s Fork to Farm campaign, which has already raised $135,000 for farming charity Rural Aid, ended last week but many venues are continuing to show their support. Those donating $2 from every parmigiana schnitzel sold throughout August include: Shaft Tavern (Friday nights only); Belmore Hotel; Swansea Hotel and Jewells Tavern. Venues donating $1 include: The Bay Hotel Motel, Bonnells Bay; Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows; Chelmsford Hotel; Gunyah Hotel; Honeysuckle Hotel; Iron Horse Hotel and Mattara Hotel.

At East Gresford’s Hotel Beatty patrons are hoping to raise $1500 by “throwing a fiver” at the ceiling. Bushrangers Bar & Brasserie at Largs is hosting a Fork to Farm Gala Fundraising Dinner on September 8 and Branxton’s Royal Federal Hotel is hosting an event on August 18, with $5 donated from every meal special.

Customs House is donating $1 per schnitzel on the Father’s Day weekend (August 31 to September 1) and The Ellalong Hotel is donating proceeds from each Friday night meat raffle in August. Tattersalls Hotel at Greta is this week donating the proceeds from its Thursday night raffle and collection tins, while The George Tavern, Green Hills, is donating proceeds from Friday raffles and has donation tins on-site.

Crusoe’s on the Lake at Belmont’s Lake Macquarie Yacht Club is donating 100 per cent of the proceeds from their $20 chicken schnitzel parmigiana to drought relief causes this month, and staff are also donating their tips. 

The Wollombi Tavern is holding The Big Dry Camp Over on August 25 and Wangi Hotel is Going Country For The Bush on September 1 to raise money for Buy A Bale. At both events there will be music, prizes, a mechanical bull, raffles and more. 

The Tea Gardens Hotel is donating $2 from every parma sold in August to the Aussie Helper’s Foundation, and Bay of India at Warners Bay is donating 50 cents from every cheese naan sold throughout August to Buy a Bale.