U.G.L.Y bartender fundraises $49,000 for cancer patients
MEL Prior knows how to make the best out of an U.G.L.Y situation after she took home the top prize in bartending while raising money for charity.
The Rockhampton bartender was awarded Queensland's U.G.L.Y (Understanding, Generous, Likeable, You) bartender of the year for a second time after claiming the title in 2014.
The competition, run by the Leukaemia Foundation, aimed to raise money for blood cancer patients in Australia.
Competitors involved were required to fundraise to see who could raise the most money in six weeks.
Mel, who has been a bartender for a total of 12 years, raised an amazing $23,412 through events she ran in Rockhampton.
She held raffles, money boards, a car wash, sausage sizzle, trivia nights and, of course, a cocktail evening.
"Its quiet overwhelming realising how many families I have helped," Mel said.
"I've put my heart and soul into fundraising and I'm very proud to know over two years I've been able to raise $49,000."
All of the funds she raised will go towards free accommodation for regional blood cancer patients who have to relocate for treatment.
Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Bill Petch said he was impressed by the enthusiasm shown by entrants.
"I would like to sincerely thank all the U.G.L.Y. bartenders across Queensland, their staff and patrons for helping to provide this vital support for blood cancer patients," he said.
Mr Petch said the creativity and commitment the entrants had shown led to record breaking results for the fundraising competition with a total of $554,000 being raised."
Mel said she couldn't have done it without the support of the Rockhampton community, her workplace (The Glenmore Tavern), staff, management and her family and friends.