CLOSE CUT: Steve Bates (right) takes a pair of clippers to Peter Law.
CLOSE CUT: Steve Bates (right) takes a pair of clippers to Peter Law. Andrew Thorpe

Cancer fight gets UGLY at Top Pub

THE COMMERCIAL Hotel's Kerry McAuliffe is on her way to becoming one of the UGLY-est bartenders in Queensland.

"It stands for Understanding, Generous, Likeable You," she was quick to clarify last Friday, pointing to her T-shirt.

"It's not actually me being ugly!"

Ms McAuliffe was taking part in the Leukaemia Foundation's UGLY Bartender of the Year competition, raising money to provide regional families with city accommodation while they receive cancer treatment.

Setting out with a modest target of $1000, she raised a massive $9012 in total through a combination of cash draws, auctions, donations and sponsors for friends and co-workers' feats of bravery.

"I took it seriously because I actually lost a friend to leukaemia back in my home town a couple of months ago," she said.

Last Friday night, her boss Peter Law helped her out by having his head shaved at the Top Pub, adding more than $500 to the total.

Mr Law said he was proud of his duty manager's fund raising efforts.

"I just sort of let her do what she had to do and it's done well," he said.

As for his impending shave, Mr Law decided to take a stoic approach.

"It'll come back, hopefully blacker," he said.

Kerry McAuliffe (right) auctions off a barmat at the Commercial Hotel last Friday night. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph
Kerry McAuliffe (right) auctions off a barmat at the Commercial Hotel last Friday night. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph Andrew Thorpe