$10K raised in UGLY fash­ion

Kerry’s bid in bar­tender comp a huge suc­cess

Central Telegraph - - NEWS - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

IN LESS than three months, Kerry McAuliffe man­aged to raise more than $10,000 for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

Kerry took part in the UGLY Bar­tender of the Year com­pe­ti­tion for the sec­ond year in a row through her job at the Biloela Top Pub Com­mer­cial Ho­tel.

To raise the money, Kerry held a se­ries of events.

“I had the bowls day, golf day and shave plus had auc­tion and raf­fles,” Kerry said.

“I chose those events be­cause who doesn’t love a game of bowls on a Sun­day and the golf day, I love golf.”

Each event was a suc­cess, with the golf day alone rais­ing more than $2000.

“For both days we had a good turnout,” Kerry said.

The big fi­nale was held last Fri­day night, with an auc­tion, raf­fles and Ja­son Wil­liams and Deb­bie Peter shav­ing their heads.

“I re­ally didn’t know if I was go­ing to have any­one to do the shave, Ja­son Wil­liams was go­ing to do it if I made the $10,000 but then I had Deb­bie ap­proach me Thurs­day to ask could she shave as she has just had some­one close to her di­ag­nosed with blood can­cer,” Kerry said.

“It meant a lot that Deb­bie chose to shave her head, not only was she sup­port­ing a loved one but also me with the fundrais­ing. So proud of her.”

The fi­nal event helped Kerry crack the $10K mark.

“Last year we raised $9013 and this year I was de­ter­mined to make $10,000 and we raised $10,694,” Kerry said.

“I wasn’t sure I was go­ing to make my goal and up to Thurs­day I had about $8200 banked, I knew I had to push it.”

Kerry was blown away by the gen­eros­ity she re­ceived from the town and ho­tel pa­trons.

“I thought I would have a good re­sponse again, just not this big,” she said.

“I am truly over­whelmed with the gen­eros­ity of this town.”

It wasn’t just the mon­e­tary fac­tor that blew Kerry away, it was the com­mu­nity sup­port.

“Ev­ery­one was so sup­port­ive,” she said.

“They all said what a great thing I was do­ing for a good cause.”

UGLY Bar­tender raises money for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion and each $80 raised pro­vides one night’s free ac­com­mo­da­tion for some­one with blood can­cer and their carer.

“I was in­spired by a friend’s daugh­ter’s post on Face­book, her mum lost the bat­tle last year,” Kerry said.

PHOTO: VANESSA JAR­RETT

CUT­TING IT FINE: Kerry McAuliffe shaves Deb­bie Peter’s long hair as part of her fi­nal fundraiser for the UGLY Bar­tender of the Year com­pe­ti­tion.

PHOTO: VANESSA JAR­RETT

Ja­son Wil­liams gets his head and mous­tache shaved at the Biloela Top Pub Com­mer­cial Ho­tel.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Kerry McAuliffe with Kathryn Mar­tyn at the bowls day.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

The char­ity golf day was a huge suc­cess, with $2010 raised.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Dress-ups were a must for the golf day.

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