By Vanessa Cavasinni, editor Australian Hotelier
The AHA NSW Central West sub-branch held its sports lunch on Monday 15 May at Hotel Canobolas in Orange, raising up to $20,000 for two charities – Orange’s Ronald McDonald House and Give Me 5 for Kids. Both charities assist sick children and their families, by providing accommodation and vital equipment.
John Whelan, CEO of AHA NSW, attended the lunch and praised the efforts of the local publicans, whose altruism was on full display.
“This entire event has been arranged by the local Orange Sub-Branch and is indicative of the type of community spirit shown by hoteliers in the Central West,” Mr Whelan said.
“I don’t like to single anyone out, but Phil Tudor at Hotel Canobolas in particular has worked extremely hard to put this event together and should be congratulated, as should all the hoteliers, industry sponsors, partners and local businesses who have shown their support for the community here today.
Whelan added: “I would also like to thank the football legends from across three codes who gave up their time to be here to attend this special event, and Triple M, Orange for its support. It’s great to see what can be achieved when we all work together for a worthwhile cause.”
Several sporting greats were in attendance: David Barnhill (former St. George, Canberra, Roosters and NSW Origin player), Luke Ricketson (former Sydney Roosters, NSW Origin and Australian player), Michael O’Loughlin (former Sydney Swans player) and Warwick Waugh (former Wallaby).
Before the lunch, Whelan spoke to members of the Central West sub-branch on a range of issues, including recent NSW liquor reforms.