FUNDRAISING FEAT: Hamish Von Pein and Tom Collier from Culbert Meats have been providing meat trays for Ellen Greaves' (right) weekly Bingo raffles.
FUNDRAISING FEAT: Hamish Von Pein and Tom Collier from Culbert Meats have been providing meat trays for Ellen Greaves' (right) weekly Bingo raffles. Emily Bradfield

Fundraiser celebrates the UGLY side of life

LEAVING the house in your ugliest outfit may not be the norm for a Friday night, but the Dalby Leagues Club will celebrate them in all their glory tonight for their UGLY Bartender of the Year Wine and Cheese Night.

Staff member Ellen Greaves jumped at the chance to be the face of the UGLY (Understanding, Likeable, Generous You) for the Leagues Club way back in January, and has been working hard to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation for the past few months.

It's a cause close to Ms Greaves' heart and losing a loved one to the cancer has made her determined to do her bit to help others.

"I lost an uncle to leukaemia and it was very sudden and it was a huge shock to the family so I'm mainly doing it for him,” she said.

This year is Ms Greaves' first as the face of UGLY; after helping colleagues raise funds in the past, she wanted to get more involved.

Her fundraising efforts see her sit seventh in Queensland with just over $5000 raised.

For Ms Greaves, every dollar counts as she raises money to help regional families travelling into the city for treatment, assisting with accommodation expenses.

"I know people who have gone through that and can't afford to pay for their accommodation so that's a big reason why I'm doing it,” she said.

Living in a regional area and understanding first hand the challenges of living away from the city, Ms Greaves said it was especially important to dig deep to support the cause.

"It's good for people to support each other, especially regional families ... I think regional towns are really good at doing it, I think we're great,” she said.

"People always get behind each other and help each other out. I just think you never know if it will happen to you or someone else in your family.”

Wine and cheese nights have been popular at the Leagues Club in the past, so they decided to bring it back with a fun twist - wear your ugliest outfit to win a prize.

"It could be anything -

a pair of shoes, a shirt,

a scarf, anything - and the person with the most creative ugly piece of clothing will win a prize,” Ms Greaves said.

Attendees can look forward to a fun night out with friends with a free drink on arrival, endless grazing platters and live entertainment.

The wine and cheese night starts at 6pm tonight at the Dalby Leagues Club. Tickets are $35 each.


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