Country publican raises $80k in honour of late husband | Leukaemia Foundation

Country publican raises $80k in honour of late husband

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After losing her husband Paul to a rare leukaemia twenty-two years ago, Karyn Williamson has raised an incredible $80,000 over the last five years to help regional patients diagnosed with a blood cancer.

Karyn who comes from the small township of Cooyar two hours north-west of Brisbane said she wanted to give back to the Leukaemia Foundation after the support she and her family received during her husband’s cancer treatment.

“Paul was very sick and I had three young boys at the time,” she said.

During her husband’s leukaemia treatment, Karyn and her sons Rob, Paul and Bradley stayed in the Leukaemia Foundation’s very first purpose-built patient accommodation and support centre, Herston Village.

“It meant the world to us to have somewhere welcoming and free to stay for the whole twelve months,” she said.

After personally experiencing the particular hardships faced by rural and regional patients, Karyn who is the publican at the Cooyar Hotel decided to take part in U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year fundraising competition and has been involved  every year since the competition started in 2009.

“I love taking part in knowing that the money I raise will help other families like mine.”

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Karyn’s incredible drive to give back has seen her win the U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year title three times, and last year placing third. The majority of the funds are raised through an annual 250km charity motorcycle ride ending in a great night of live entertainment, pig on the spit and bonfire.

The money Karyn has raised over the years allows 16 patients the opportunity to be part of an internationally-led clinical trial through our Trials Enabling Program, without leaving Australia.

You can support her attempt to regain the title or your local U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year entrant by visiting

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