Elwick’s charity champ

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ELWICK Hotel barman Merv Wrathall is indisputably Tasmania’s U.G.L.Y-est, with the charity champ named the state’s U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year for the third time.

The hospitality industry’s largest annual fundraising campaign, U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year sees venues across the country host fun and inspiring community events to raise much-needed money for the Leukaemia Foundation’s accommodation services.

Mr Wrathall, who is planning a trip to Tamworth with his brother to celebrate his latest win, has taken part in the campaign for the past six years after being motivated by the death of a workmate.

“There was a barmaid who worked here at the Elwick with me who unfortunately passed away from leukemia,” he said.

“I knew her parents well.

“I started fundraising for the Leukemia Foundation in a variety of ways to honour and remember her.

“I could have retired this year but I decided not to, and one of the things stopping me from retirement was fundraising for the Leukemia Foundation.”

Thanks to a number of fundraising events including karaoke nights and a garage sale, sponsorships from a local nursery and butchery, and the proceeds from a “swear jar” on the Elwick bar, Mr Wrathall was able to double his previous record this year and raise more than $14,000.

He was one of 95 Tasmanian bartenders to take part, collectively raising nearly $120,000.

The campaign has raised more than $12 million over the past decade, helping pay for more than 150,000 nights of accommodation for patients and their families forced to relocate from regional areas to capital cities to receive life-saving blood cancer treatment.

“This service is vital to supporting Australians living with blood cancer and allows us to provide home-away-from-home accommodation when it’s really needed most,” Leukaemia Foundation chief executive officer Bill Petch said.

“Removing the stress of accommodation during blood cancer treatment really means a lot to these families, and we thank Merv Wrathall and all of the bartenders and venues who have participated in the campaign again this year.”

Mr Wrathall was officially presented with his award on 20 December.

For more information on the campaign and how to get involved in 2019, visit www.uglybartender.org.au.

Caption: Barman Merv Wrathall with Elwick Hotel staff at the presentation of his U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year award.

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