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Josh Danks from Mash Brewery is an entrant in the U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year Campaign.

Ugly bartenders have big hearts

BARTENDERS Josh Danks and Matty Freir love being called ugly – but not for much longer.

Mr Danks who works at Mash Brewery in the Swan Valley, and Mr Freir from the Pig and Whistle in Swan View, are entrants in the Leukaemia Foundation’s U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year Campaign.

Along with 100 other big-hearted bartenders across WA, they have been fiercely running U.G.L.Y. events to raise as much cash as they can to help support regional Western Australians with blood cancer.

‘Understanding, Generous, Likeable You’ is the foundation’s quirkiest fundraising campaign and is tailor-made for the hospitality industry.

Every week, 23 people in WA will be diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma.

WA Leukaemia Foundation general manager Andrew York said there was still time to support the campaign.

We think it’s a beautiful thing to be an U.G.L.Y bartender,” he said.

“Being diagnosed with blood cancer is hard enough, but can be harder still for those living in regional and rural WA.

“In acute cases, treatment begins within 24 hours and it can mean leaving work, school and family behind to move to the city immediately and indefinitely.

“With treatment ranging from months to years, families can suddenly find themselves in crippling financial circumstances.”

The foundation helps by providing free accommodation for as long as families need it.

“Every $80 raised by an U.G.L.Y. bartender gives one of these families a place to call home for a night,” he said.

“By taking the pressure off financially, families can stay focused on being together when they need each other most.”

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. The best part of her job was meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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