In two months at Hotham, Charlie Gelok has been amazed at the amount of spaghetti bolognaise consumed by members and guests at The Lodge Ski Club, which is managed by his parents Guido and Chris.
Because of that he’s decided to collect a donation from every person that eats a bowl of spaghetti or pasta bolognese, with the hope to donate the funds at the end of the season to Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA).
Charlie hopes people will give $1 for every spag bol bowl and thanks to 34 lodges and eateries getting on board, he’s already collected close to $600.
“I was thinking we should do a season count for how much spaghetti gets eaten and then the next day we thought, if we could get a dollar for every meal we could donate to something,” Charlie said.
The 10 year old, who is attending Dinner Plain Primary School, also wants other lodges, accommodation providers and restaurants from across the resort to join in him in supporting DWA.
DWA at Hotham believe they need to invest $25,000 to $30,000 every year to support the rapid growth of the program.
Charlie hopes the Spag Bol Toll will go a long way towards continuing the work of the not-for-profit organisation in offering on-snow opportunities to people with disabilities.
The Spag Bol Toll will also be used to help Charlie achieve his Cub Scouts Grey Wolf badge, but it won’t just be a one-off thing; he plans to continue the fundraiser well beyond 2019.
“We want to raise a lot of money not just this year but every year,” he said.