UGLY is not usually the word anyone would want used to describe them but bartenders around Queensland are being encouraged to take on that description for a good cause.
The Leukaemia Foundation is encouraging big-hearted bartenders to register for its 2011 U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year competition.
U.G.L.Y stands for understanding, generous, likeable you and the competition encourages bars, hotels and pubs to battle it out to raise much-needed funds for the leukaemia cause.
Bartenders across the state will have the chance to get creative and spend six weeks coming up with their own fundraising ideas such as raffles, happy hours and sausage sizzles, as well as collecting donations from customers.
Lynda Fogarty, who works at the Emerald Hotel, said she was excited about taking part in the U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year fundraising competition and encouraged other U.G.L.Y bartenders to sign up and raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
“I invite Emerald locals to visit me at the hotel and support my fundraising,” Lynda said.
“There’ll be donation boxes on the bar so dig deep and hand over your loose change. Every dollar helps.”
Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland chief executive Peter Johnstone said the U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year competition was a great opportunity for personable bartenders to have fun and connect with their community while making a real difference to Queenslanders living with blood cancers.
“Sixty-one generous hotels and their bar staff across Queensland took part in 2010 and raised over $90,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland,” he said. “2011 is the second year the competition has run state-wide and we hope to well and truly beat last year’s fundraising total.”
Mr Johnstone said the foundation provided 560 nights of free accommodation and support services to patients and their families from the Central Highlands region in the 2009/2010 financial year.
“The Leukaemia Foundation does not receive any ongoing government funding and relies on fundraising events such as U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year and the generosity of individuals and businesses to continue providing patients with free support services and investing in medical research to find a cure,” he said.
“I urge the Central Queensland community to gather their friends, family or workmates, go along to the Emerald Hotel and get behind Lynda’s fundraising efforts.
“I also urge other bartenders who have what it takes to be U.G.L.Y to sign up for the fundraising competition at uglybartender.org.au, have fun and support local patients who often have to leave home and relocate to Brisbane to receive treatment.”
The first, second and third highest fundraisers will win great celebration events at their pubs to the values of $1500, $1000 and $750 respectively to thank the regulars who supported their fundraising.
Participants who bank $100 each Monday will go into a weekly draw to win prizes.
Registrations are open until Monday, May 16, and the competition runs until Thursday, June 16. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 21.
To register to be an U.G.L.Y bartender or to sponsor Lynda Fogarty and the Emerald Hotel, visit www.uglybartender.org.au, or phone 1800 002 244.
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