Lionleigh Tavern manager Leeza Dumseny hopes to be crowned Queensland’s “UGLYest” barmaid to help local patients and their families get the support they need following a blood cancer diagnosis.
Lionleigh Tavern manager Leeza Dumseny hopes to be crowned Queensland’s “UGLYest” barmaid to help local patients and their families get the support they need following a blood cancer diagnosis. Chris Ison

Leeza says call me UGLY

LEEZA Dumseny doesn’t mind being called UGLY.

As long as you mean Understanding, Generous, Likeable You.

The manager of the Lionleigh Tavern in Rockhampton has again registered to be a part of the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland’s UGLY Bartender of the Year competition.

The competition asks bartenders to raise money through various events for the charity to help ensure local patients and their families get the support they need following a blood cancer diagnosis.

Leeza said she entered the competition last year after being touched by a story from one of her local patrons whose father had leukaemia.

She said she was told about the contest by friend who worked at another bar and had entered.

“After that another local told me his mother had leukaemia,” Leeza said, making her realise she’d get plenty of support from her regulars.

She said she also knew of someone who had died from cancer and left three small children and a husband behind.

“It was a really sad story,” Leeza said.

“But it shows this is a really great cause and we had so much fun last year.”

With the competition getting underway on Friday Leeza is already planning some fundraising events, including kicking things off with a sausage sizzle on Friday afternoon at 4pm.

She has also planned a jelly bean guessing competition and a wheel barrow raffle, all with great prizes donated by the tavern and local businesses.

Leeza said last year she managed to raise about $2300 but this year hoped to more than double that, with a goal of at least $5000.

Anyone who wants to donate can do so by visiting the Lionleigh Tavern, where they can get a tax receipt for their donation.

The competition starts this Friday and goes until June 16.

UGLY Bartender of the Year

UGLY stands for Understanding, Generous, Likeable You.

Teagan Poots from Pete’s Paddy Go Easy Irish Pub, Amanda Stegemann from the Cambridge Hotel and Kristine White from the Rockhampton Leagues Club have also registered.

To be eligible to win, participants must bank at least $1000 and have all money they have raised banked on or before June 16.

The UGLY Bartender of the year receives a trophy and t-shirt as well as a celebration event to the value of $1500 at their pub for the regulars who generously support the fundraising campaign.

Winners will be announced on June 21

2010 was the first year the fundraising campaign ran state-wide with 61 venues in Queensland raising over $90,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland.

Participants can set up their own personal UGLY fundraising page online at www.uglybartender.org.au to email family and friends and ask for donations, keep track of their fundraising totals and where they stand on the leader ladder.



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