Remember that badass festival those brewers put together earlier this month? It was the first Festival of the Stone and it took place at Stone & Wood’s newly constructed brewery in Byron Bay.
Well it turns out that more than just beer drinking took place at the event. The annual beer and music festival also raised funds for one of the district’s most important charities.
The Mullumbimby District Neighbourhood Centre provides community welfare services, including women’s services as well as legal advice referral, parent support and community meals to people in Mullumbimby and surrounds.
And now they’ve got a much-needed boost to the funds needed to continue those services, with more than $10,000 raised at the Festival of the Stone.
The funds were presented by Stone & Wood’s recently established foundation, the inGrained Foundation which works to attract and direct donations to grassroots Northern Rivers charities. More than $750,000 has been donated to local charities by the brewery since 2013 so the Foundation is the ‘next step’ in its community program.
InGrained Foundation board member Jasmin Daly said awarding the donation to Mullum District Neighbourhood Centre was an achievement that could be claimed by the whole community.
“Every year, we love watching our community come together for Festival of the Stone,” she said.
Everyone who attended the Festival helped us generate this donation for the Mullum District Neighbourhood Centre, and so our thanks go to everyone who supported the event!
The Neighbourhood Centre’s acting manager Leseera Kai said the donation would provide a sustained boost to the centre’s work and recognition.
“Being picked to receive donations from Festival of the Stone this year is a boost to our organisation; not only for the dollars but also for the recognition of our amazing team’s hard work and dedication,” Leseera said.
“The impact of this donation will continue to ripple through our organisation and community long after the dollars have been spent.”
So, if you wanted an excuse to drink more beer, I mean go to more festivals, I mean give to charity, then there you have it.