Fundraising for Bar Suze Surry Hills Flood Relief

It’s all been a bit much lately, hasn’t it. In the midst of all this tragedy – on our shores and abroad – it’s hard not to feel helpless and slightly overwhelmed. That’s how the owners of Sydney’s Bar Suze felt this week.

“We watched the damage revealed in Queensland and New South Wales and then learned that a few of our friends had lost everything,” said co-owner Gregory Bampton. “It was too close to my house.”

So they phoned friends, asked questions, and held an online raffle and fundraiser. The Bar Suze Flood Relief (nice and simple name) fundraiser is this Sunday. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly to Flood Relief Cook Up, a crowdfund that helps chefs and businesses in Northern Rivers prepare and deliver food to people affected by the floods, and Koori’s Bundjalung Community Fund Mail – which supports the Bundjalung, Bunjum, Buyinbin Cooperatives and Kurrachee and Nungera Aboriginal Tribal Societies. (All were hard hit by the flooding.) Each ticket costs $50; you can buy as many as you want.

And you’ll want to buy as many as you can. Because the price line-up is a pearl. There’s a two-night stay at a $4,000 Byron outback retreat that sleeps 12 and includes its own outdoor cinema and saltwater pool. Plus, there’s a one-night stay at Sydney’s highly anticipated Ace Hotel; original artwork by Stuart Cook; a three-month Coffee Supreme subscription; an Archie Rose gin tasting session; a Phaidon six-pack; a natural wine pack from DRNKS; a complete set of In Bed linens; an outdoor copper shower; restaurant vouchers and more to be won.

Tickets are available until 4:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, after which prizes will be drawn. If you live in Sydney, you can head to Bar Suze in Surry Hills from 1pm this Sunday for a drink before the live draw. Reeftip Drinks, Poor Toms, Johnnie Walker and Tanqueray all jumped on board to offer a few drinks. And La Salut, Tokyo Bird, Mates in Spain, the Blue Door – and, of course – Bar Suze will be serving snacks all day (all proceeds will go to flood relief).

Bar Suze is no stranger to the curve balls that the past two years have been throwing endlessly.

“With the timing of Bar Suze opening between closings last year, it can feel like we are always asking something of our community,” Bampton says. “Fortunately, they are still there and giving.”

As the fundraiser aims for its goal of raising $20,000, everyone’s desire to help seems stronger than ever.

Tickets for the Bar Suze Flood Relief raffle are on sale until 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.

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