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Beauty in the eye of the beer-holder

Caledonian Hotel manager Peter Martin lets patrons know he is UGLY with the support of Caroline Court to raise money for charity.
Caledonian Hotel manager Peter Martin lets patrons know he is UGLY with the support of Caroline Court to raise money for charity. Rob Williams

IPSWICH bartender Peter Martin doesn’t mind if you call him ugly. Just make sure you make a donation when you do it.

Mr Martin, the man behind the bar at the Caledonian Hotel in the Ipswich’s CBD, is raising money for Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland’s UGLY bartender of the year contest.

Don’t worry, UGLY is an acronym standing for Understanding, Generous, Likeable You.

Not that Mr Martin minds if customers know what it stands for, just as long as they make sure they are donating money for the cause.

“I was sent an email explaining what the fundraiser was about – rasing money for the Leukaemia Foundation through raffles, donations, that kind of thing – and thought it was a good idea,” he said.

“So far we’ve raised $780, which we’re pretty happy with. We set ourselves a goal of $1000 so we’re well on the way to reaching that.

“I’m actually leaving the pub soon so I thought I’d do this to go out with a bang.

“Some of the customers have a joke about the shirt (pictured) but I don’t mind having a laugh for a good cause.”

The money raised will help the Leukaemia Foundation provide personalised and practical support for patients and families living with leukaemia, lymphomas and related diseases.

All services the foundation provides are free to patients and families and are available all across Australia.

If you want another incentive to support the cause, the foundation will shout a celebration event at the Caledonian Hotel to the value of $1500 if Mr Martin raises the most money in Queensland.

Visit www.uglybartender.org.au and search for Peter Martin in the Queensland section or simply pop into the Caledonian Hotel before the closing date of June 17.


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