Hundreds of South Australian bartenders are showing their U.G.L.Y. side throughout October and November, in a bid to beat blood cancer at the bar, and earn the title of U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year.
The quirky fundraising competition asks bartenders to demonstrate their Understanding, Generous, Likeable You by raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation’s vital accommodation service.
U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year has been embraced by the Australian hospitality industry, and has raised an incredible $10 million over nine years. Entrants are easily recognisable in the distinctive ‘I’m U.G.L.Y., I need help’ t-shirts.
More than 200 big-hearted bartenders across South Australia will host fun and wacky U.G.L.Y. themed events to raise funds for rural and regional families living with leukaemia, lymphoma, or myeloma.
Participating pubs in the region include the Kincraig Hotel in Naracoorte and the Lucindale Hotel.
Donning the U.G.L.Y. shirt at Lucindale Hotel is Shane Dorward, whilst Dave Clifford is Kincraig Hotel’s resident U.G.L.Y bartender.
Dave had his campaign kick-started with a $200 donation from the Naracoorte United Soccer Club, and he encourages everyone to swing by the Kincraig for a drink and to make a donation.
The Kincraig Hotel has the honour of winning the U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year in 2013 for South Australia, with the trophy shared by Ashlyn Parker and Kendy Tuohy.
Every $80 an entrant raises during the competition will fund one night’s accommodation for a patient and their carer while they access treatment in Adelaide.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s National Manager of U.G.L.Y., Helen Walker, said patrons can support their favourite bartenders by attending special fundraising events, or simply chucking spare change in their donation buckets.
“Today an estimated 35 Australians will be diagnosed with a blood cancer. It is the third most common cause of cancer death in Australia, claiming more lives than breast cancer or melanoma,” Ms Walker said.
“Last year our dedicated South Australian U.G.L.Y. bartender entrants raised more than $310,000 to help patients and their families fighting blood cancer.”
The state-wide 2017 U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year winner will be announced at the end of the campaign on November 14, with a $3000 travel voucher up for grabs for the top South Australian fundraiser. There will also be additional prizes for the overall winner’s venue.
Support your local U.G.L.Y entrant at uglybartender.org.au.