The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland is seeking bartenders across the state who are proud to be called U.G.L.Y. – that’s Understanding, Generous, Likeable, You - all in the name of a pretty good cause!
Bartenders with charm, wit and generous personalities are invited to take part in the U.G.L.Y. bartender of the yearcompetition from 21 July to 3 September, and be in the running for great prizes including a holiday and an ice machine for their venue thanks to travel partner Topdeck Travel and major sponsor Hoshizaki.
It’s easy! Just visit www.uglybartender.org.au
, come up with fundraising ideas in support of leukaemia patients, and aim to win some top prizes. There are heaps of tips on the website to help take traditional bar fundraisers like raffles and meat trays to the next level.
Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland CEO, Bill Petch said the U.G.L.Y. bartender of the year was a quirky competition that provided a great opportunity for bartenders with a heart of gold to raise funds and awareness for patients and their families when they need it most.
“The Foundation realises that bartenders are a friendly bunch and in a unique position to chat with their patrons and raise awareness of the leukaemia cause through their fundraising activities,” Mr Petch said.
“Last year, 95 U.G.L.Y. Queensland bartenders took part and raised more than $190,000 to help keep the Foundation’s services free for patients and their families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.”
“Every dollar raised helps provide vital support such as accommodation and counselling for patients and their families struggling with the ugly reality of a blood cancer diagnosis.”
In the 2010/11 year alone, the Foundation provided more than 41,000 nights of free accommodation for Queensland patients and families requiring treatment in Brisbane or Townsville.
“Community-minded bartenders are challenged to prove they’re the ‘U.G.L.Y.-est’ of all by registering for the 2012 U.G.L.Y. bartender of the year and helping patients in their time of need.”
Mr Petch said the Leukaemia Foundation relied on fundraising events such as U.G.L.Y. bartender of the year and the generosity of the community to continue providing free support services to patients and families, along with investing in medical research projects.
The 2012 U.G.L.Y. bartender of the year winnerwho raises the most money in Queensland willreceive a Topdeck Travel experience and will be eligible for an incentive prize based on the total funds they raise. The venue supporting the 2012 winning U.G.L.Y. bartender of the year will win a Hoshizaki ice machine to the value of $7,500.