Thank you to U.G.L.Y. bartenders
The Leukaemia Foundation wants to graciously thank all Port Lincoln Times readers who have supported local bartenders participating in this years’ U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year event recently.
U.G.L.Y. stands for Understanding. Generous. Likeable. You. and is now the largest fundraising activity in the Australian hospitality industry.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the event importantly raises much-needed funds to provide a vital home-away-from-home accommodation service for local residents diagnosed with a blood cancer, who are forced to relocate to be closer to treatment centres in capital cities.
This year we are thrilled to confirm the event has raised a massive $242,856 in SA alone which will provide a further 3036 nights of accommodation.
We thank all of the amazing bartenders, venues and local community who took part in this year’s fundraisers right across the region, and all of the Australians who have reached into their pockets to support them.
Together, we are helping more Australians with blood cancer survive and live a better quality of life. Thank you.
Leukaemia Foundation chief executive officer
Thank you Port Lincoln
My year 7 homegroup and three parents recently spent an enjoyable and relaxing week visiting your area.
During the week we participated in bubble soccer and archery with Scott Easton, visited Glen Forest, enjoyed the pool and water slide at the leisure centre, viewed Small Foot at Youthoria and dined out at the Wheatsheaf Hotel on the final night.
Each organisation provided us with excellent service and willingly accommodated all of our needs - you are indeed fortunate to have them in your town.
Whilst in Port Lincoln we had the pleasure of staying at the Port Lincoln Lions Hostel, a great location with excellent facilities.
On behalf of my homegroup and parents I would like to thank everyone involved for making our visit so worthwhile.
Valuable Christmas gifts
The countdown has begun 'till Christmas Day and while I do love this time of year, I often find myself saddened when I am reminded of all the young kids who will be alone without anyone to care for them this Christmas.
Every year there are many kids who spend their Christmas Day on the streets – they don’t have a home to go to let alone presents or a hot meal. Our homeless youth are reminded at Christmas of what they don’t have but it doesn’t have to be that way.
If you ask some of the kids Youth Off The Streets work with what they want for Christmas, it won’t be a new bike or the latest game. They will ask for somewhere safe to sleep. Someone to talk to. A hot meal. A shower. The little things that make you feel loved and wanted.
This year I’ll be handing out hundreds of hampers and presents across Australia to families who need it. Our Koch Centre for Youth and Learning is also holding a community dinner on Christmas Eve to show our support to the people we work with. Just the simple act of giving a Christmas meal can drastically change the holidays for families in need. Having a meal and someone to talk to gives them the opportunity to connect with others which is what this time of year is all about.
This year, when you are opening presents or having a nice meal with loved ones, I hope you can spare a thought for those who will not have a Christmas like yours.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year and that 2019 brings you joy and happiness.
FATHER CHRIS RILEY
Youth of the Streets founder