YouTube channel Two Hour Circle plans ride to save Aratula pub

REVIVAL: Two Hour Circle wants to help this struggling country pub get back on its feet after a rough trot.
REVIVAL: Two Hour Circle wants to help this struggling country pub get back on its feet after a rough trot.

FOUNDER of YouTube channel Two Hour Circle, Dalase Shilling, is on a mission to introduce new customers to a struggling country pub at Aratula.

Two Hour Circle is best known for finding hidden gems within a two hour drive from their base at Ipswich and Mr Shilling said when he stumbled upon the little Aratula Hotel he knew he had to do something to help.

"So we've organised a bike ride to save the Aratula Hotel on March 8," Mr Shilling said.

"It has snowballed a bit and now we have bikes, hot rods, rat rods and all kinds of funky cars and trucks.

"We even have a helicopter interested in taking part.

"Musicians will be donating their time on the day as well as offering long term arrangements to help the pub to get back on its feet."

The pub is leased by Georgie Ballinger and Di Leeds, who have put their all into building the profile of the hotel by holding community events.

Ms Ballinger said the business was making just enough to keep going but not enough to make a dent in debt accrued since natural disasters caused financial losses to businesses in the area.

"We're not the only ones struggling but when they closed the road, first because of the fires and now because of flood, it also put a stop to revenue," she said.

"They closed the road two days before the bull ride we had scheduled on November 15 and it stayed closed for more than a week.

"Like everyone in this community we are struggling to rebuild."

Ms Ballinger said she was hoping the March 8 event would attract lots of people to the area.

"It's humbling and I'm really thankful to Dalase for arranging it.

"We are normally the ones doing fundraising. We just received our certificate for raising $12,000 for Beyond Blue.

"It's great someone believes in us."

The Ride to Save the Aratula Hotel starts at 10am on Sunday, March 8 and will also feature a jumping castle and petting zoo for the kids as well as a sausage sizzle and Sunday lunch pub menu.