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Drink4Uganda – A Sunday Session for a Cause

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Once you’ve recovered from the absolute farce that is the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight, Sydneysiders head on over to Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern for the Drinks4Uganda event, which kicks off at 5pm. Grandma’s bartender, Mitch Horrocks has assembled an impressive list of bars to pop-up at Rascals, including This Must Be The Place, Maybe Frank, PS40, Restaurant Hubert and Shady Pines Saloon. Of course, the Rascals staff will be slinging sh*t tinnies as always and a short list of classic cocktails. Each venue is offering three cocktails on the night during their pop-up time and the famous Grandma’s jaffle sandwiches will also be available for purchase to line the stomachs and feed the masses.

What is Drink4Uganda?

Drink4Uganda is the brainchild of Mitch Horrocks, who studied product design at UTS (University of Technology, Sydney) finishing his honours degree last year, and in the process designing a product that provides rural Ugandan villages with clean drinking water in about the same time and same fuel source that it takes to cook a pot of food. After spending some time in Uganda, Mitch has spent this year garnering awareness of the product, “the product is such an easy product and only costs $1.50 to make. I’ve been trying to think of ways to launch a crowdfunding platform with the idea to raise $50,000 to take back to Uganda, with the vision to build a workshop, employ some locals and start to get the product that I designed out to the villages”. Figuring out ways to come up with how to crowdfund, talking to others and being a bartender himself, Mitch thought what better way than to have a charity bar event. “I think the hospitality community is a great place to start when trying to gather funds, put some drinks in front of people’s faces and get them to donate some money”. He was also lucky enough to get a number of great brands on board to supply stock for the evening, as well as the affable Charlie Lehmann of Ramblin’ Rascal kindly offering up the venue, and all pop-up venues staffing their bars for free, meaning that 100% of the proceeds go to the cause, with no overheads.

How does it work?

To make the night run even more efficiently, drinks tokens can be purchased for $6. One token gets you a basic mixed drink, beer or wine, two tokens gets you a cocktail. The tokens can also be used for food and raffle tickets. Mitch was happy to get the venues involved to pop-up, “the bars involved are all great bars in their own right and draw crowds on their own”. Every drink and food item purchased on the night goes to the crowdfunding platform. During the night, the crowdfunding video will also be shown, as well as Mitch giving a short speech explaining the product. The night culminates in the crowdfunding platform going live where people can go to further donate. There will also be a raffle drawn on the night with a bunch of cool prizes, with tokens being able to be used to purchase tickets.

So go on, don’t be shy, have Sunday session, but this time do it for a great cause.