A taste of the Melbourne bar scene will arrive in Port Fairy this weekend for a special cause.
Port Fairy’s Royal Oak Hotel will unveil a pop-up bar on Friday night as part of the ongoing fund-raising campaign for young Noah Dowie, who has the rare Diamond Blackfan Anemia.
The pop-up bar will host its opening night from 7pm, with regular instalments each Friday and Saturday night throughout December.
Royal Oak Hotel barman Fraser Paton said he was aiming to recreate Melbourne’s inner-city bar scene in Port Fairy to raise much-needed money and awareness for the one year old and his family.
The bar will be named Noah’s.
“The opening of the pop-up bar is to seek the support of the community in raising money and awareness for this rare disease, affecting one of our own,” Mr Paton said.
“One dollar from every pot of beer sold will go to Noah’s parents and the foundation Captain Courageous.”
The Captain Courageous Foundation is working to help find a cure for children who suffer a life-threatening bone marrow failure disease
The popularity of Warrnambool’s Laneway Bar in Liebig Street gave Mr Paton the confidence to launch the pop-up venue concept in Port Fairy.
“The success of the laneway bar gave me the inspiration to give it a crack,” he said.
“I thought if Warrnambool can do it then why can’t something similar come about in Port Fairy.”
The Warrnambool toddler is one of just 800 people worldwide affected by the rare Diamond Blackfan Anemia.
More than $20,000 has already been raised for Noah’s parents Jet and Kristy to cover the medical and travel costs.
In October, Port Fairy’s Zeb Armstrong – Noah’s cousin – paddled and surfed along various popular surfing spots to raise money for the family. The Noah’s Ark Ball and auction was also hosted at the Whalers Hotel in Warrnambool to add to the cause.