PUBFEST: Rural Aid to benefit from this year's green theme
MARYBOROUGH will go green for a good cause on April 30.
The green theme has been chosen for this year's World's Greatest PubFest to tie in with Rural Aid, the charity chosen to benefit from the April 30 attempt to wrest the Guinness Book of Records title back from Kansas City in the USA.
Charles Alder, CEO of Rural Aid and its campaign spinoff "Buy A Bale", said he had been involved in many off-beat fundraising ventures to help stressed farmers "but this has to be one of the most exciting".
Mr Alder and his wife Tracy met pub crawl chairman Brendan Heit at the historic Criterion Hotel to join forces for the 12th annual pub crawl.
"We want to raise money for Rural Aid and also help Australia and Maryborough win back the pub crawl record. This is just so Australian," said Mr Alder.
Tracy was also brimming with enthusiasm after studying photographs from pub crawls past.
"I love the way everyone gets into it with costumes. It's so cool."
About 5000 crawlers are needed to win back the record. To be counted as official pub crawlers they need to make their way to 10 pubs, buy a drink (non-alcoholic recommended), get their cards stamped and put the completed cards in boxes at each hotel.
Kansas City in 2013 beat Maryborough's record by only 167. Changes including altered public holidays have meant the last few pub crawls have not been about to beat the 4885 record set in the USA.
Charles and Tracy Alder, of Acacia Ridge, began Rural Aid in 2013 after watching a television report about drought-stricken Queensland.
It became a charity two years later and has delivered hay to hundreds of rural properties around Australia.
Other aid work, including food lines supplied through local stores, aims to sustain whole communities as well as rural families battling through tough times.