Ugly name, beautiful cause
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.”
Sheldon Hendry from Pure Bar in Subiaco has claimed second place in the WA U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year competition.