PUBS JOIN UGLY CONTEST
St George bartenders raise $5000 for leukemia services
THEY might be called ‘ugly’, but there is nothing remotely unattractive about humble bartenders putting their faces to a nationwide fundraising drive to fight cancer.
Familiar faces from St George have raised close to $5000 in a bid to be named Australia’s UGLY Bartender of the Year.
It’s an annual fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation’s accommodation services for patients and their families.
While the UGLY (Understanding, Generous, Likeable You) Bartender of the Year competition might sound bad, two St George bar staff are happy to put up with the jokes from the regulars, so long as they’re part of a good cause.
St George Hotel bartender Kelly Murchison said getting involved with the cause was a no-brainer.
“Any fundraiser is great, but we’ve just recently lost a local to leukemia and there are a few other locals battling the disease at the moment,” she said.
“But when I found the money was going directly to accommodation services, I thought that was so awesome.”
Kelly said every $80 raised was equivalent to a night’s accommodation.
“I raised $4511, which is 56 nights accommodation for patients and their families,” she said.
Kelly said she’d hosted a number of fundraisers, including a karaoke night and a mega raffle draw that 27 local businesses donated prizes towards.
“I also hassled everyone for their spare change,” she said.
“I had a lot of comments saying I wasn’t ‘ugly’, but I think the Understandable, Generous, Likeable You is more specific to everybody who donated towards the cause,” she said.
Sharna Hill at the Australian Hotel also entered the competition to raise vital funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.
“It’s such a good cause,” she said.
“I know someone who has leukemia so it means a lot to raise money to give someone the treatment and services they couldn’t necessarily afford,” Sharna said.
Sharna has raised more than $400 so far and despite the competition closing on Monday, said she was going to continue to fundraise for the cause.
FIGHT AGAINST CANCER: UGLY Barmaid Competition entrants Sharna Hill and Kelly Murchison are helping to raise much-needed funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.