The staff at the Wellington Hotel will be feeling blue this Sunday, and for good reason.
Led by Danny Joseph and his blue mowhawk, they will colour each other's hair blue and wear blue as they raffle off prizes, perhaps while listening to some blues music from the band Cry Wolf.
Blue is the colour of the Leukaemia Foundation and its UGLY Bartender campaign, a fundraiser which supports people undergoing treatment for blood cancer.
Almost everyone in the team has lost a loved one to cancer - a close family member, a friend, a neighbour - and all are chipping in to support the cause.
Mr Joseph hoped to become a top-10 fundraiser in the state after raising $2500 and finishing 11th last year.
"The Leukaemia Foundation do awesome things for people," he said.
"This is an easy (campaign) for bar people to get involved in because it doesn't take much - you put the signs up and do something a bit out there.
"(The mohawk) gets people talking, so you can tell them what it's all about."
There will be no shortage of options for punters looking to donate: UGLY Bartenter merchandise, including "I got UGLY at the Welly" stubby holders; a lucky squares competition with a $500 first prize; a wheelbarrow full of raffle prizes; a piece of Andrew McLeod memorabilia that will be auctioned off; and buckets in which staff members are collecting enough money to convince them to do something rash.
The band will play from 12 until 5pm, and a happy hour will run from two til five.
Jude Male said there would be something for everyone - and that went for the hotel staff, too.
"Shaun, a very hairy gentleman, he's being waxed; Zea, she's shaving off all her hair; Rob Macklin is shaving what hair he's got off, then we're painting his whole head blue - he'll look like a blue bowling ball," Ms Male said.
"They've set limits on how much they want (to raise) before they do these things."
Thirty-five Australians are diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma every day, according to the Leukaemia Foundation, and the diseases claim another life every two hours - more than breast or skin cancer.
The foundation provides free accommodation to more than 750 country families undergoing treatment at city hospitals every year.
It has raised more than $11.7 million and provided 145,000 nights of accommodation since 2009.
- Donate: uglybartender.org.au.
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