U.G.L.Y raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation
■ Being U.G.L.Y has never been so beautiful, as local bartenders work together to support regional Australians suffering from leukaemia.
U.G.L.Y stands for “understanding, generous, likeable you” and is the Leukaemia Foundation’s quirky fundraising campaign.
Bar staff from the Tambrey, Karratha Tavern, Dampier Mermaid Hotel and Point Samson Tavern have joined more than 160 bartenders across WA in the initiative.
The bartender who raises the most funds in WA will be crowned the U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year.
Megan Boyle and Alice Dexter from the Tambrey Tavern in Karratha have already raised more than $2000 in only two weeks.
Ms Boyle said wearing the U.G.L.Y T-shirts was a great way of attracting attention.
“When customers see our Tshirts they ask what it is all about and most people are more than happy to donate to the cause,” she said.
Tambrey general manager Danny Blazeski said the girls had surpassed last year’s fundraising total of $1000.
“The customers have really gotten into it — I’ve seen some of the guys donating up to $50 at a time at the bar,” he said.
“We are also planning on doing a big U.G.L.Y Halloween Party at the end of the month.”
Leukaemia Foundation WA general manager Andrew York urged Pilbara residents to support U.G.L.Y. bartenders.
“The impact of being diagnosed with blood cancer is greater for people living in regional and rural Australia because it means leaving work, school and family behind to relocate to the city, adding to the emotional turmoil,” he said.
To find a local U.G.L.Y. bartender to support, visit www. uglybartender.org.au or donate at a participating venue.
Megan Boyle and Alice Dexter have raised more than $2000 at the Tambrey Tavern since October 1.