Ugly bartender bowls over Leukaemia

BOWLS FOR A CAUSE: Chantal Bus has organised a barefoot bowls night at the Katherine Country Club tomorrow to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.
BOWLS FOR A CAUSE: Chantal Bus has organised a barefoot bowls night at the Katherine Country Club tomorrow to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.

A Katherine resident is aiming to be the best ugly bartender in the Territory this year. 

Chantal Bus is entering her third year of being U.G.L.Y to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. 

The competition is one of the largest fundraising campaigns in the Australian hospitality industry, so far raising nearly $12.5 million. 

Originally from the Netherlands, Ms Bus was thrown into the competition three years ago, working at the Katherine Country Club as a bartender. 

She has raised $10,625 to date and aims to take out first place in the NT this year.

“In the Netherlands every kid grows up with a dutch book about a girl who has to brave leukaemia, it was a touching story,” she said.  

“This year I am hoping to be the best ugly bartender in the NT. I want to beat the top amount raised last year, which was $10,000. 

This year I am hoping to be the best ugly bartender in the NT.

Chantal Bus

“We are just starting out, but I am feeling positive. 

“People in Katherine are pretty generous when it comes to a good cause.”

U.G.L.Y.,an acronym that stands for Understanding, Generous, Likeable You, challenges around 1500 bartenders across Australia annually to fundraise for the Foundation’s vital accommodation services.

The services directly assists people from the NT who are living with a blood cancer and are forced to relocate to capital cities to access life-saving medical treatments.

Most patients access an accommodation village in Adelaide where their average stay is about four months.

Funds raised through the U.G.L.Y. Bartender campaign have helped pay for more than 150,000 nights of accommodation.

Tomorrow night is the start of a string of events hosted by the Katherine Country Club to raise funds for the foundation. 

Starting at 7pm, the club will be hosting barefoot bowls. 

The $20 entry fee goes towards the campaign. 

The club will be hosting events like a pool tournament, glow in the dark night golf and trivia nights until November. 

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