PUBS JOIN UGLY CON­TEST

St Ge­orge bar­tenders raise $5000 for leukemia ser­vices

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - Mar­guerite Cud­dihy Mar­guerite.Cud­dihy@west­ern­starnews.com

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.

PHOTO: KAREN BERRY

FIGHT AGAINST CANCER: UGLY Bar­maid Com­pe­ti­tion en­trants Sharna Hill and Kelly Murchi­son are help­ing to raise much-needed funds for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

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