Queensland-based Burger chain Burger Urge is kicking off a new fundraising initiative, donating to farmers in need through its Supporting Aussie Farmers fund.
Burger Urge co-owner and director Sean Carthew said he was passionate about supporting his suppliers and the wider farming community.
‘‘Our suppliers are part of our family and to hear of hardship within so many parts of the industry is heartbreaking,’’ Mr Carthew said.
‘‘Making the effort to get to know the people who toil the land to deliver our produce is only a small part of ensuring we support Australia’s farming industry.’’
The burger chain has also launched a year-round program, centring on seasonal fundraising campaigns.
‘‘We trialled the program in the last quarter of 2016 by donating $1 from every milkshake sold across our 19 stores to Udderly Buggered, a charity run by Aussie Helpers to assist Victorian and Tasmanian dairy farmers in need,’’ Mr Carthew said.
‘‘The customer support for the program was staggering — in just three months we sold almost 3000litres of milkshakes and raised $8516 for a fantastic cause.’’