In 2013, Charles and Tracy Alder wanted help drought-stricken Queensland farmers who were being forced to destroy livestock and, in extreme cases, leave their farms.

In times of drought, conditions can be too dry for farms to produce enough – or any – of their own feed, and a trailer of hay can cost up to $2500 plus transportation. In response, the Alders launched Buy a Bale, a hay drive allowing members of the public to donate a single hay bale or even an entire trailer load. The drive also accepts money to go toward putting food on a struggling farming family’s table.

In 2018, five years after Buy a Bale first launched, the Bureau of Meteorology reports Australia experienced the driest July nationally since 2002. It also reported the lowest rainfall on record in parts of New South Wales.

In an effort to increase donations and raise awareness of the issue, the Alders created Parma for a Farmer, an initiative where restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels across Australia will donate to Buy a Bale at least one dollar from every parma sold. There’ll also be donation tins at some venues.

Here’s a by no means exhaustive list of Sydney venues supporting the cause. If you needed an excuse to head to the pub for a parma, now you have one.

The Forresters
$1 from every parma sold throughout August.
Corner Foveaux and Riley streets, Surry Hills

The Norfolk
$1 from every parma sold throughout August.
305 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

Beach Road Hotel Bondi
$1 from every parma throughout August.
71 Beach Road, Bondi Beach

Bondi Bowling Club
$2 from every parma sold throughout August.
1 Warners Avenue, North Bondi

Imperial Hotel’s Priscillas
$2 from every palma throughout August.
35 Erskineville Road, Erskineville

Quarrymans Hotel
$2 from every parma sold throughout August.
214–216 Harris Street, Pyrmont

The East Village
$1 from every parma sold throughout August.
234 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
$2 from every parma sold throughout August.
1 Military Road, Watsons Bay

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