The Riverton Hotel has been abuzz over the past month in support of a good cause.
Bartender Melissa Schiller took part in the annual U.G.L.Y Bartender campaign and managed to place inside the top ten fundraisers in South Australia.
Mel finished in sixth place after raising a grand total of $5796.10 during the campaign, which lasted a little over a month.
The U.G.L.Y Bartender campaign is a cause that is close to Mel’s heart; her brother has Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
“For me it was all about giving back,” Ms Schiller said.
“I am so wrapped with the way the community supported us with the events we held here at the pub, so it was really good.
“It comes pretty close to home when it affects your family and this supports rural people needing treatment in town, so it was good to be able to give back.”
Ms Schiller said that she did not have a set target in mind when the campaign started, saying she would have been happy to hit the $1200 mark.
The Riverton hotel held various activities throughout the campaign including raffles, a Great Gatsby themed night and a function on AFL Grand Final Day.
Photos were also taken throughout the Great Gatsby night and turned into a calendar which is available for purchase at the pub.
The whole of the Riverton community got behind Ms Schiller during the campaign, and she said she would not have been able to achieve what she did without their support.
Ms Schiller said the the community has already begun asking her what she has in mind for next year’s campaign.
Every bartender who took part in the campaign and raised over $1120 received a prize for their effort over the last month.
All the money raised through the campaign went towards the Leukaemia Foundation, enabling them to support families from regional and rural parts of the country.
Families staying at any of the foundation’s apartments, townhouses and units would be able to utilise the facilities free of charge.
This year 202 South Australian bartenders took part in the campaign and raised a huge total of $257,256 over the course of the month
This was the equivalent of 3216 nights of accommodation for families receiving blood cancer treatment away from their homes.