UGLY bartender to help

Going blue to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation’s UGLY Bartender Of The Year competition, Regents Park Hotel bar staff My Hanh Quach, Brooke Jones, and Sari Tiainen.

SARI Tianen, from the Regents Park Hotel, is more than happy to be an UGLY bartender.

Raising funds to beat killer

Especially when U.G.L.Y stands for ‘Understanding, Generous, Likeable, You’ and it helps her to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual UGLY Bartender of the Year.
This is the second year she has taken part in the hospitality fundraiser, and Ms Tianen says fighting cancer is a cause that is very close to her heart after her nephew Oliver died from the disease last year.
“I’m happy to wear the t-shirt saying I’m an ‘UGLY’ bartender,” she said.
“It certainly starts a lot of conversations at the bar.”
Leukaemia Foundation CEO Bill Petch says the UGLY acronym really reflects “the kind-hearted and giving natures of bartenders in our clubs, pubs and hotels, which are often the heartbeat of Australian communities”.
Hoping to beat the $1,000 they raised last year, Ms Tianen said this time around they have involved a lot of local shops, restaurants and businesses, with many donating gift vouchers which they plan to raffle off.
“It’s been a lot of fun with a lot of new ideas,” she said.
“A few of our locals have even said they will shave their heads if we raise at least $500, and a couple of these blokes have really long ponytails.”
Donations can be made at the Regents Park Hotel or check out their Facebook page for upcoming activities and events.