This Sunday, there’s a huge event happening at Hains & Co, which will see five amazing bars from across Adelaide, come together to host an evening of pop up bars with all proceeds being donated to charity.
Featuring Maybe Mae, NOLA Adelaide, Electra House Hotel, Cry Baby and Bank Street Social, the event will see some of the countries best bartender and bars throw a party like no other, all to raise money to help members of the rural communities of Uganda live safer lives.
663toZERO is an organisation, founded by Mitch Horrocks, that aims to reduce the number of people without access to clean drinking water (there’s 663 million of them in fact) to zero. The Adelaide fundraising event is the last leg of the Australian tour, with the other four cities helping to raise $53,000 so far!
Hains&Co will kick things off, then throughout the night, each of the other venues will be throwing their best bartenders behind the bar to deliver their particular brand of fabulousness.
The money raised by the event will help 663toZERO fund equipment that Horrocks designed and created, the ‘OKUZi’, that allows people to create clean drinking water whilst cooking a meal for the family, removing the cycle of sickness, and hopefully, in turn, reducing the cycle of poverty.
The equipment can be made by the people in the village and incorporated into their daily cooking ritual, therefore not requiring the user to learn new processes or take any extra time or source more fuel to provide their family with clean drinking water. Best of all, it only costs $1.50 AUD to make!
In just under 8 months, 663toZERO has provided 33,000 people with access to clean drinking water, saving lives in the process! 663toZERO now has a permanent team of 10 full time local staff working with the members of rural Ugandan communities to provide them access to ‘OKUZi’.
In 2017, Mitch ran two hugely successful events in Melbourne and Sydney, DRINK4UGANDA, raising thousands of dollars, positively changing the lives of thousands of Ugandans. It also allowed a small group of the Australian volunteers to visit the communities they are working with.
Jeremy Spencer, one of the driving forces behind the 663toZERO in Australia visited Uganda with the group “For me, our trip to Uganda meant a lot of things….the people, the place and the project. But I can’t help going back to the people. We can all learn a lot from them.”
In March 2019, 663toZERO hosts its first ever Adelaide event. Off the back of two hugely successful events in Melbourne and Sydney in 2017, Horrocks decided it was time to broaden the program and the fundraising efforts, starting to work with the hospitality industry in Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth to help the communities in Uganda, as well as returning to Sydney and Melbourne.
The 2018/19 events have already been a huge success with Melbourne’s late December event raising over $12,000, Perth’s January event raising in excess of $10,000, Brisbane’s event in February raising just over $10,000 and the recent Sydney event raising more then $20,000!
The events give the bar teams a chance to be creative, and reach customers they may not otherwise get to, while also giving back to the community.
Everyone supporting the event has donated their time, products and efforts free of charge.
Sean Baxter from Never Never Distilling Co. has come on board as the Major Local Gin Sponsor; “We’ve known Mitch [Horrocks] for a while and have always love the work he’s done for Uganda. When he approached us a couple of months ago as the Major Local Sponsor we were more than happy to help out the cause and have Never Never sponsoring all 5 bar teams.”
March 3rd, 2019 – 3pm-Late
Hains & Co – 23 Gilbert Place, Adelaide
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