If you’re a bartender, you can help raise funds for Queensland’s Leukaemia Foundation by being U.G.L.Y.
That is ‘understanding’, ‘generous’, ‘likeable’ and ‘you’. From July 21 bartenders across the state will battle it out for the U.G.L.Y. Bartender Of The Year honours.
One of the participants, Natalie Lehman from Grand Central Hotel, has set out to raise as much money as possible. “On their website they’ve only got me down to raise $1,000, but I’d love to get a minimum of $5,000,” Natalie says. “This is the first year I’m doing it; I haven’t heard of it before but I think it’s a great idea. My uncle passed away from cancer two years ago and we were very close. Anything I can do to help cancer patients and families is good for me because I know what it feels like to lose someone who is very precious to you.
“I’ll be shaking my tin everyday to make people give me money and let people know what the Leukaemia Foundation does.”
Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland Chief Executive Officer Bill Petch says last year 95 U.G.L.Y. Queensland bartenders participated, raising more than $190k.
“Every dollar raised helps provide vital support such as accommodation and counselling for patients and their families struggling with the ugly reality of a cancer diagnosis," Mr Petch says.
Over the last two years, the Foundation has provided more than 41,000 nights of free accommodation for Queensland patients and families requiring treatment. The competition runs until September 3, so there’s plenty of time to show off your ugly bits.