From now until June 16, eleven big-hearted Sunshine Coast bartenders will get into the fundraising sprit and battle it out to become the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland’s U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the year.
U.G.L.Y. stands for Understanding, Generous, Likeable You and is a fundraising competition run statewide in pubs, bars, sporting clubs and RSLs with proceeds benefiting patients and their families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.
Over the remaining weeks, bartenders will hold their own fundraising events including raffles, happy hours, auctions and sausage sizzles. Those who raise a minimum of $100 per week will go into the draw to win great weekly prizes.
Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland Assistant Regional Community Fundraiser for the Sunshine Coast, Tunja Cottier, said U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the year was a quirky and fun campaign that raised vital funds for a serious cause.
“U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the year is a fantastic opportunity for bartenders with big personalities and hearts to come up with some creative fundraising ideas, have a laugh with their regulars and spread the word about the work of the Leukaemia Foundation,” said Ms Cottier.
Ms Cottier said she was grateful for the hospitality industry’s support and urged the Sunshine Coast community to get behind their local U.G.L.Y. bartenders by sponsoring them at uglybartender.org.au or giving generously at participating pubs.
“Ninety-three venues across Queensland have signed up to compete this year compared to sixty-one in 2010.”
The bartender who raises the most money will be crowned U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the year and awarded a trophy to display behind the bar. Regulars who supported their fundraising will not be forgotten with the winning pub awarded a celebration event to the value of $1,500.
The second and third highest fundraisers will also win celebration events at their pubs worth $1,000 and $750.
Sponsor bartenders at www.uglybartender.org.au. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 21.
The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation that receives no ongoing government funding and relies on the continuous support of individuals and corporate partners to fund research projects and provide care and support, free of charge, to patients and their families including transportation, accommodation and counselling.
Local participating entrants and venues include:
Kellie McSween, Commercial Hotel, Nambour, ph: 5441 1144
Laura McGrath - Hotel Maleny, ph: 5441 1144
Jaci Willett – The Creek Tavern, Mountain Creek, ph: 5478 1333
Jaclyn Shuttlewood – Trader Dukes, Maroochydore, ph: 5479 6766
Kirsty Dando - The Duporth Tavern, Maroochydore, ph: 5443 1999
Anna Kelly - Woombye Pub, ph: 5442 1155
Rod Carroll - Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, ph: 5442 8811
Rachael Matthews – The Railway Hotel, Gympie, ph: 5483 7600
Lisa Lemin - Gympie RSL, ph: 5482 1018
David Levy - Silky Oak Tea Gardens, Kia Ora, ph: 5486 5535
Ranee Parsons – The Royal Hotel, Gympie, ph: 5482 1144
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