Byron for Melbourne campaign raises $10k for hospitality workers

When it comes to community support, the state borders are wide open.

Good ideas come from breaking bread. When Georgia Bateman (Publicist), Francesca Webster (GM Raes on Wategoes), and Kylie Ball (Guest Relations at Harvest Newrybar) had lunch they came up with the initiative to support the hospitality industry in Melbourne.

From setting up their own tip-jars, to raffles, auctions, special events and good-old-fashioned word of mouth, over 6 weeks, a collection of the Northern River’s leading venues came together to raise $10,000 for the humble little Tip Jar Fund. The generosity of the venues and their patrons is already being forwarded on to Tip Jar’s partner Street Smart and COVID-EAD, which helps many local and international hospitality workers who are still doing it especially tough.

“It’s been absolutely unreal to see Byron’s hospitality community pull together for the Tip Jar Fund. It’s one of the reasons we love this industry so much – it’s always the first to offer a helping hand”. – Michael Bascetta, Founder Tip Jar Fund.

We know how hard it was. How uncertain it still is, but one thing is for sure – this community shows up when it counts, and the Tip Jar Fund has raised over $46,000 thanks to you. It’s never too late to donate to a good cause, you can #giveatip here:

Image credit: Eve Jeffery
Kylie Ball (Harvest) Francesca Webster (Raes) Wal Foster-Eyles (Natural Ice-cream Australia ) Jason Saxby (Raes), Evan White (CHUPACABRA) Santiago Socrate (Harvest), Georgia Bateman (Publicist) Amelia Stokes (CHUPACABRA)