The world has been in shock and grief over the ravaging Australian bushfires, which, to date, has destroyed more than 8.4 million hectares of land, a staggering number that surpasses the Amazon and Californian wildfires combined. Circulating social media posts have shown the extent of its impact on the country’s wildlife, which, according to ecologists, have seen almost a billion lives lost.
While Singapore might seem removed from the situation, there’s more you can do than simply sharing posts and stories online. You can choose to donate directly to the cause — the Australian Red Cross and WIRES, an emergency fund for wildlife, are examples of the organisations that provide humanitarian aid and animal rescue. Alternatively, support the generous brands that donate all, or some of their proceeds to helping the crisis.
In Singapore, the wine and dine scene is throwing its weight behind the cause with a fundraiser happening at Neon Pigeon on Sunday, 12 January. Some of the biggest names in the industry, including Butcher Boy, Potato Head, Neon Pigeon, and The Old Man, have donated produce, alcohol, staffing and auction prizes for the event, in which 100 percent of its proceeds will go to three charities: Rural Firefighters, Wildlife Charities, and 1st Nation & Indigenous community rebuilding.
The fundraiser’s central highlight is a $100-per-head buffet brunch. Be sure to book a spot, as the meals are limited. Beverages, or tipples concocted by some of the city’s best bartenders from 4pm, are not included in the cost, and are priced at $10 a cup all day. You’re encouraged to bring your own keepcups, or bottles, as the biodegradable cups are available in a limited number.
Other highlights of the day include a silent auction, with prizes such as private whiskey tours, private cooking lessons, bottles of exclusive spirits, and more slated to go under the hammer. Can’t make it? Choose to donate online instead — every little bit counts.
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