UGLY Dampier bartender cashes in for a good cause
Standing for Understanding, Generous, Likeable You, UGLY plays on Australia’s love of contradiction and is a fun way to raise serious funds to support people with blood cancer.
Alex can be found at the Mermaid Hotel in Dampier wearing a t-shirt with ‘I’m UGLY – I need help!’ printed across the front.
“Basically, it brings attention,” Alex explained.
“Whenever I wear this t-shirt behind the bar, people say, ‘why are you wearing that for? You’re not ugly’. And I say thanks very much, do you want to put some money in my pot?”
Alex is participating in the event after seeing her friend raise $3,000 last year in the same fundraiser.
“I’ve had family that have passed away from cancer,” she said.
“Not leukemia as such, but it’s a good cause.”
“Whenever you mention Leukemia [fundraising] to any of the guys in here, they think it’s excellent and some guys are putting $50 in.”
In a packed pub, everyone except for a couple of people will donate every day, according to Alex.
To raise money, Alex has placed donation pots around the bar, set up a jellybean jar and created a blue cocktail matching the colour of the Leukemia Foundation branding.
The bartender has only been fundraising for three weeks but has already raised an incredible $2,000.
Alex’s original goal was to raise $3,000, but after the huge support from Dampier punters and with fundraising efforts to continue until November 9, Alex is raising her target to $5,000.
To reach this, she is thinking-up fundraising ideas, such as a fashion parade or a blue themed night at the pub.
Alex is also keen for your help, asking for Pilbara Echo readers to suggest fundraising ideas online at www.pilbaraecho.com.au.