It’s been a rough start to the year here in Australia but if there’s one thing Australians are good at it’s getting behind one another in a crisis. It’s been nothing short of incredible to see the generosity showed by individuals and communities throughout the country.
While Western Australia has gotten off relatively lightly so far, we’ve still had a few scares through the state and it’s not surprising that there are plenty of venues jumping on board to help raise funds for various charities and organisations across Australia.
Whether you've already donated or not, here are a few places where you can show your support.
We’ll be updating this list regularly so check back often.
Bayswater favourite King Somm is donating all profits made on Friday 17 January to Red Cross Australia and WWF’s Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund. We know that will be enough to convince the locals to get down there for a drink, but to make it even better they’ve got Ben Atkinson on the tools, dishing up epic burgers; so anyone who has been missing Meat Candy since it’s devastating closure will want to get down there. They’ll have a classic cheeseburger, fried chicken burger and vego burger, so everyone is catered for. Ben Atkinson will be in the house serving burgers in place of their regular pizza from 15 to 26 January while their pizza chef takes a well-deserved break.
Fremantle Spirit Co
Newish kids on the block, Fremantle Spirit Co will be donating $1 from every single one of their deliciously smooth coffees to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.
IPL drinkers will want to head to Mane Liquor immediately if not sooner to get their hands on the Beerfarm's ridiculously good IPL. Beerfarm has donated a keg of this liquid gold to Mane Liquor and every single cent of its sales will go towards bushfire relief.
Five Senses Coffee Co
Five Senses is donating $1 from every bag of coffee purchased on their online store in January to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, but in even better news, a bunch of Five Senses cafes have gotten on board too, with $1 from every coffee purchased on Friday 17 January going to support the Australian Red Cross and Salvation Army as well as local fire services. Think Flo Espresso, La Veen, Mo Espresso, Max + Sons, Voyage Kitchen and so many more. Check out the full list of participating cafes here.
Duck Duck Bruce And Lions And Tigers
Duck Duck Bruce and Lions and Tigers have already donated 20% of their total takings from the past two weeks to aid disaster relief, but if you haven’t managed to get down to the cafe or restaurant yet you’ll be pleased to hear they are both still matching, dollar for dollar, any donations made to the donation box in store. They’ll be doing this for the coming months, so pop in and drop a few dollars in. The money raised will be split between the Australian Red Cross and GIVIT, an organisation ensuring the right people are getting the astounding amount of donated goods.
Me N U Cafe
Me N U Cafe in Midland has created a special Bushfire Bagel and will be donating 100% of proceeds from its sales in January to the Bendigo Bank Bushfire Disaster Appeal. The bagel has had ingredients donated from local suppliers including Tony’s Tender Meats, who donated the drool worthy scotch fillets that form the base of these delicious egg and steak bagels.
Paper Avenue Cafe
Paper Avenue is donating all tips to WIRES and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, so feel free to drop a few coins (or a few notes) in their tip jar after devouring a delicious breakfast.
To the Bush, with Love: A very Fringey Fundraiser
A team of our favourite Fringe artists have decided to put together a legendary show which will feature a huge variety of talent spanning comedy, music, cabaret, magic and more. Ticket sales will be donated to WWF's Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund. While the fundraiser is 100% artist-led, Fringe World Festival is getting the ball rolling with a massive $10,000 donation. Bloody legends. It's happening at 7:30pm on Monday 20 January at the Ice Cream Factory so get your tickets now.
Fire Aid At Fremantle Arts Centre
John Butler, The Waifs, Stella Donnelly, San Cisco are coming together for not one but two nights to remember. After the first event sold out in record time, they’ve added another on Saturday 1 February. Tickets are selling for a very reasonable $96.90 with all proceeds going to WA Emergency Services Volunteers’ Hardship Assistance Scheme, WIRES, NSW RFS and VIC Bushfire Appeal. There will also be merch available to purchase on the night and if you can’t make it, you can buy a recording of the concert. Get tickets here.
With Love From WA At The Rosemount Hotel
Mark Sunday 16 February in your calendar now because there’s nothing better than a Sunday session with a cause. Drapht, Katy Steele, Demon Days and Grace Sanders will be among the artists performing while businesses like Cool Perth Nights, Oztix and plenty more are donating their services to make sure the event runs smoothly. The Rosemount will also be donating a portion of their bar sales so don’t be shy—drink up. Get your tickets here.
The Corner Gallery Reopening 20Twenty Fire Relief Group Show
The Corner Gallery in Subiaco is hosting their Reopening '20twenty Fire Relief' Group Show on 7 February; an exhibition that will see 50% of all sales donated to Koalas In Care Inc., The Rescue Collective, WWF Australia, NSW Rural Fire Service and the Australian Red Cross. They'll also be donating $10 from the sale of each ticket to the second week of their Creative Conference—a three night event happening from Wednesday 19 for young artists, musicians and creatives looking for inspiration, knowledge and connections.
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