Since the completion of the renovations at the Sydney Junction Hotel, owners Clare and Campbell Rodgers have shaken the scene in Newcastle nightlife.
With huge numbers of patrons rolling in consecutively every Friday and Saturday night, Clare and Campbell saw an opportunity to give back to the community and put into action an initiative that benefits local not for profit charities and local organisations; Local Legends.
With a large entry line to to the venue due to popularity, the idea of ‘Skip the Line’ was born. A $20 donation that is 100% donated to the given charity allows patrons to enter the hotel without queuing up.
With donations bins at the door and on the bar, every month the Sydney Junction hopes to engage and work alongside different charity groups to raise awareness and money for Newcastle organisations.
The Cancer Council was the first organisation to jump onboard with this initiative and saw a remarkable result that was a credit to the generosity of patrons of the hotel. Staying with the hotel for a further month due to its success, the Cancer Council proudly received a cheque for $34, 409 at the end of June.
“Funds raised from the initiative have allowed Cancer Council NSW to continue our work across research and prevention, as well as fund our local support services for cancer patients and families here in Newcastle”, said Lauren Dale one of the volunteers who was part of raising funds here at the Sydney Junction Hotel.
July saw Newcastle Dog Rescue join forces with the hotel, with an outstanding $7,388.05 raised so far in just two weeks.
With three volunteers from the organisation coming to the hotel on the Friday and Saturday nights to collect money on behalf of the organisations the responses have been only positive.
“Dog Rescue Newcastle was invited to fundraise on Friday and Saturday nights throughout July by the Management of Sydney Junction Hotel. Staff and Management have been extremely supportive, our volunteers have felt safe with the many security guards on hand. Skip-the-cue is a great incentive where patrons can donate money to the charity enabling them to enter SJH without having to wait in line. A win/win for everyone and an absolutely brilliant way to raise funds for our charity”, says Rhonda Domanti from the Dog Rescue Newcastle fundraising team.
Local Legends hopes to engage community groups with local businesses, as the Sydney Junction Hotel feels it has a social responsibility to give back to the community that has been incredibly supportive of the hotel and its events, renovations, new menus and changes to be a family friendly establishment in the heart of Hamilton.
For the month of August the Sydney Junction Hotel is excited to be working alongside Tubes for Boobs, a charity event run by the Cancer Council where bra-clad surfers take to the waves to raise awareness and start a conversation about breast cancer.
The Sydney Junction hopes to continue with the Local Legends initiative by inviting any organisations interested in getting involved to contact Marketing manager Chris Stratton. Open to taking enquiries and ideas, the hotel is passionate about supporting the local community, raising awareness and money to help those in need.
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