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AHA (NT) President’s Lunch

$120,000 raised for Charities at NT Hospitality Industry Luncheon

The Australian Hotels Association NT Branch held its annual President’s Lunch on Tuesday 21 November, a fun-natured luncheon, but one that also raises much needed funds for charity. Over 280 industry members from all over the Territory attend the event at SKYCITY Darwin.

“The President’s Lunch is enjoyed by many – as it is an end of year, informal event, where industry comes together to dig deep for charities.” Mick Burns, AHA (NT) President said.

The Board of the AHA (NT) selected the Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Australia as the major recipient of funds raised during the President’s Lunch. One of the Ambassadors for SMA is well known hospitality family the McElwee’s, parents Jonathon and Bethan, and their one-year daughter, Aviana, who is strongly and bravely battling this terminal disease.

“Every year the lunch aims to raise funds for Territory based charities and this year everyone in the room was touched by Aviana’s story and the valuable support and information the SMA Australia provides for families such as Jonathon and Bethan McElwee,” said Des Crowe, AHA (NT) CEO.

“Everyone who attended the event are congratulated, for showing the true generous nature of Territorians, with over $110,000 raised for SMA”, said Mr. Crowe.

Chief Executive Officer of SMA, Julie Cini was extremely thankful for the donation and explained that the money will be used to deliver their Wellbeing Program in the Northern Territory in 2018, which will benefit other families in the Territory who are sadly affected by SMA. 

Hospitality venues are located all throughout regional and remote areas of the NT and for the second year in a row, the President’s Lunch donated an additional $10,000 to the Isolated Children’s Parents Association (ICPA) to assist them in delivering annual sports camps for children in Katherine and Alice Springs. The President of the NT Branch of the ICPA, Tiani Cook said “It's very exciting to have the support of AHA (NT) again for this incredible event for our kids”.

The Leukemia Foundation’s General Manager for SA/NT, Simon Matthias thanked the hospitality industry for their continued support and announced that hospitality venues and bartenders in the NT raised over $187,000 in this year’s UGLY (Unique, Generous, Likable, You) Bartender campaign. Another fantastic example of the kindness and incredible support the hospitality industry and our millions of patrons the industry serves each year, contributes to a worthy charity.

With the money raised from the NT Bartenders UGLY campaign, attendees at the event were delighted to hear Mr. Matthias announce that a NT facility to house families who have loved-ones receiving treatment from leukemia in the Darwin region.

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