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The title of Perth's "ugliest" bartender is not a crown that most would willingly seek but Ciara McCarthy is happy to claim she is in with a chance.

Ms McCarthy has been doing her bit to part customers at Fibber McGee's in Leederville with their hard-earned cash to prove she has what it takes to win the Leukaemia Foundation's U.G.L.Y. (Understanding, Generous, Likable You) Bartender of the Year fundraising competition.

So far she has raised about $1000 from a jellybean guessing competition and is raffling a T-shirt with the slogan "I'm U.G.L.Y. - I need help!"

"It's for a good cause, it's really just to help out as much as I can," Ms McCarthy said.

"All the customers, the regulars, they put money towards it, it's been a bit of fun, with a bit of banter about the T-shirts."

Ms McCarthy is one of 129 bartenders in WA who will compete for the title by raising money this month to help the Leukaemia Foundation provide regional families with a home in Perth during treatment.

Leukaemia Foundation WA general manager Carolyn Turner said 23 West Australians were diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma each week.

She said every $80 raised would give a regional family a place to call home for a night, so the collective goal of the bartenders of $200,000 would equate to accommodation for 27 families for three months.

"Everyone who supports their local U.G.L.Y. bartender will help to keep families together when they need each other most," she said.

The bartender who raises the most money will win a tropical Queensland holiday and a bar ice machine.

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