As the COVID-19 pandemic and delta variant cause havoc across Australia, Bundaberg Rum’s $11.5m Raising the Bar hospitality relief fund is extended to support a further 300 pubs, bars and clubs across the country.

The fund has already donated essential health and safety supplies and outdoor socialising equipment to more than 2000 licensed venues across the country.

And now Raising the Bar has a final 300 Bear Cares packages to distribute to pubs, clubs and bars. These packages include hand sanitiser dispensers and refills, floor decals to promote physical distancing, PPE items for staff and patrons, and digital thermometers for contactless temperature checking.

Angus McPherson, Managing Director of Bundaberg Rum’s parent company Diageo Australia, has encouraged venues impacted by COVID-19 to apply: “Raising the Bar is an $11.5 million initiative designed to support the hospitality industry through an enormously challenging period.

“Our hearts go out to hard working hospitality business owners and workers who had hoped for a busy winter holiday period, but have instead found themselves again having to shut their doors.

“Our Bear Cares kits are one way we can help these businesses by relieving some of the cost pressures associated with operating in a COVID-safe manner. By having hand sanitiser stations set up, floor demarcations to support physical distancing, plenty of masks on hand, and thermometers to temperature check, we’re hoping it’ll make it that bit easier for venues to reopen, when health advice says it is safe to do so.

Bendigo District RSL manager Martin Beekes said: “The Bear Cares package has helped ease the cost burden of compliance with the new COVID framework and the government regulations we’re operating under.”

“Having that extra support from Raising the Bar through the Bear Cares package has been nothing short of amazing.”

Head to the Raising the Bar application page to secure your Bear Cares package.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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