Greater Sydney’s prolonged lockdown has motivated a Wollongong public bar to deliver its burgers free of charge to blokes struggling with pandemic-induced isolation and anxiety.
The Barstool Brothers is a network of approximately 1000 men who have connected in a private Facebook group to offload, share and support each other through on-going chat and organised Facebook live events.
The burgers are provided free of charge by organiser Lachlan Stevens, owner of the popular His Boy Elroy, who spends each night and all day on Friday checking in on guys who are clearly looking for social connection and who appear most vulnerable to the latest bout of lockdown malaise.
"We go to their homes, socially distance, deliver a burger and say g'day," Mr Stevens told ABC Ilawarra.
"These guys are looking forward to us coming out and to have that kind of impact in someone's life is so incredibly important to us and the leaders within the Barstool Brothers community."
As with the Melbourne-based Facebook group Blokes United, which sprang up following Melbourne’s first extensive lockdown in 2020, Barstool Brothers is calling on some identifiable names to speak to the BB community.
Last week former St George Illawarra Dragons player Dan Hunt talked about the Mental Health Movement he now runs, and shared tips on how to cope through Covid.
To access Barstool Brothers on-going live sessions, request admission to the private Facebook group.