Ugly name, beau­ti­ful cause

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By EMILY BAKER

PURE Bar owner Shel­don Hendry is call­ing for other small bars to get be­hind the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion’s WA U.G.L.Y bar­tender of the Year com­pe­ti­tion.

The aim of the com­pe­ti­tion is to raise funds to help fam­i­lies liv­ing in re­gional ar­eas over­come the dis­ad­van­tage of dis­tance after a leukaemia, lym­phoma or myeloma di­ag­no­sis.

Last month Mr Hendry claimed sec­ond place in the com­pe­ti­tion rais­ing more than $12,000 to help trans­port re­gional pa­tients and pro­vide them with ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“It is quite coun­try-ori­en­tated so it’s good to see the city bars par­tic­i­pat­ing, but it would be good to see more jump on board,” Mr Hendry said.

“It is for a good cause, you’re help­ing peo­ple out and it is not hard to raise a few bucks from the bar.”

Pure Bar has par­tic­i­pated since 2010 and raised more than $32,000 mainly from a shaker tin and cor­po­rate do­na­tions.

Leukaemia Foun­da­tion gen­eral man­ager An­drew York said the money raised would have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the lives and fam- ilies of those in re­gional ar­eas with a blood dis­ease.

“In acute cases, treat­ment needs to start within hours so for those in re­gional ar­eas, it means leav­ing ev­ery­thing be­hind to im­me­di­ately re­lo­cate to the city, adding to the emo­tional tur­moil,” Mr York said.

“The Leukaemia Foun­da­tion gives th­ese fam­i­lies a place to call home dur­ing the months and some­times years of treat­ment ahead.

“This free ser­vice re­lieves the pres­sure, par­tic­u­larly where the per­son or their carer is the ma­jor bread­win­ner.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d430286

Shel­don Hendry from Pure Bar in Su­bi­aco has claimed sec­ond place in the WA U.G.L.Y Bar­tender of the Year com­pe­ti­tion.

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