Kim vies to be crowned the U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year

KIM Barnes isn't afraid to show her ugly side as she battles it out tomorrow to be crowned the Leukaemia Foundation's U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year.

From midday, South Lismore's Station Hotel staff will start shaving patrons and raffling off a range of donations to help raise funds to help people who need to relocate to the metropolitan cities for blood cancer treatment.

U.G.L.Y. stands for 'Understanding, Generous, Likeable You' working with Australians' love of contradiction and offering a fun way to raise to raise serious funds to support people with blood cancer.

Until November 16, more than 300 bartenders across NSW will host fun events and activities to raise money for regional families impacted by leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other related blood disorders.

Every 42 minutes, an Australian is diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma so the Leukaemia Foundation is asking everyone to back their local U.G.L.Y. Bartender.

Money raised will help the Leukaemia Foundation continue to provide regional families with fully furnished accommodation in the city, close to treatment.

"Being diagnosed with blood cancer is hard enough, but the impact can be even greater for people living in regional and rural Australia," said NSW/ACT Leukaemia Foundation general manager Christine McMillian.

"In acute cases, treatment begins within 24 hours.

"It means leaving work, school and family and relocating to the city, adding to the emotional turmoil.

"Treatment for blood cancer can range from months, to several years, so families can suddenly find themselves in crippling financial circumstances if the person or their carer is also the major breadwinner.

"Accommodation is one of the Leukaemia Foundation's most practical services.

"It is provided free of charge for as long as it is needed to help reduce the financial burden on regional families.

"Every $80 raised by a Leukaemia Foundation U.G.L.Y. Bartender gives a family a place to call home, for one night."

For more information call the Station Hotel on 6621 5966.