THE management team at the Goonellabah Tavern are hoping to raise lots of money for the Leukemia Foundation at their Shave for a Cure event this Friday.
Husband and wife team Nadine and John Van Arendonk, who joined manager Kerri Grant late last year, will shave their heads for the event.
Kerri will colour hers, along with Lismore mayor, Jennie Dowell, who will die her hair hot pink!
This is just one way that the management team is continuing the tradition of the Hilltop Hotel, as locals call it, being community and family oriented.
Nadine and John formerly managed a small hotel near Moree and a caravan park on the Mid-North Coast.
Nadine gave up her tourism and hospitality teaching job at Wollongbar TAFE last year to join her husband at the Tavern.
“We work well together,” Nadine said.
“We both believe in supplying the best service and the best beer.
“Customer service is our number one priority.”
The team have introduced live music to the hotel every Saturday night, employing local bands, and Nadine is working on a series of special events, including a Bollywood night.
John and Nadine are family oriented and want the hotel to have the same feel.
They have four school-age children.
“We’re family people,” Nadine said.
“We were brought up with country ethics.”
The pair is grateful to Kerri for sharing the knowledge she has accumulated over the past 12 years.