UGLY in name only

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WHEN Peta Brown says she’s an UGLY bar­tender, she doesn’t mean unattrac­tive.

Peta is com­pet­ing to be UGLY Bar­tender of the Year in Queens­land, to raise the most money to fight leukaemia.

And she’s well on the way to achiev­ing her dream of rais­ing $2000.

“I’m im­pressed by how much peo­ple are get­ting be­hind me,” she said.

“I’ve been do­ing it for three weeks now and it’s ac­tu­ally go­ing pretty good.

“(I’ve raised) roughly $1000 in three weeks.”

The UGLY Bar­tender of the Year com­pe­ti­tion is run by the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

The money raised – over a mil­lion last year in its first year – goes to pro­vid­ing peo­ple un­der­go­ing treat­ment for can­cer with a home away from home for one night in the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion’s free ac­com­mo­da­tion in Bris­bane.

“What­ever I raise is rolled into the Queens­land fundrais­ing,” Peta said.

“So I’ve gotta try to do bet­ter than any of the pubs or clubs that are do­ing it in the cities like Toowoomba or Brissie.”

That’s go­ing to be a big ask, she says.

“I am [com­pet­i­tive],” she said.

“I’m go­ing to try re­ally hard [to win].

“If I do the best in my state my club ben­e­fits – they get some­thing here.

“Could be a new ice­box, new taps...”

Peta and the RSL are hold­ing a big fundraiser on Septem­ber 5. It’s a mu­sic trivia night fea­tur­ing nov­elty games.

Fur­ther de­tails will be avail­able closer to the date.

PHOTO: AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

FUNDRAISER: UGLY stands for Un­der­stand­ing Gen­er­ous Like­able You, and Peta Brown laughs that some­one re­ally wanted the acro­nym UGLY.

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