Albion Hotel gets UGLY makeover

UGLY AND PROUD: Janet Lambert from the Albion Hotel will again be Cootamundra’s U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year, raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation throughout October.THERE aren’t many bartenders who would boast about being ugly, but it’s a title Albion Hotel publican Janet Lambert wears with pride.

For four years now Janet has been Cootamundra’s U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year, raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

“In the past years we’ve been fifth, fourth, even third in NSW, which is very good for a country town, but we’d like to do better,” Janet said.

The acronym stands for understanding, generous, likeable and you, and aims to put a well-known local face to the most common cancer in people under 15 years old.

Participating bartenders are encouraged to think of their own fundraising ideas to suit their town, and throughout the month of October you can expect to see Janet spruiking raffle tickets for the worthy cause.

Janet herself provides a food hamper as one of the raffle prizes and also draws on support from local businesses, with the Commonwealth Bank branch and Simply Delicious already on board for this year.

Janet is hoping every resident of Cootamundra will donate $1 and every business $25 to help maintain our excellent reputation.

“It all adds up, you don’t have to be a millionaire to help people,” she said.

As she looks forward to retirement she’s also hoping to inspire another bartender to assume the mantle in coming years.

About 910 people are diagnosed with leukaemia in NSW every year, and the Leukaemia Foundation relies on donations to provide support and accommodation, as well as funding research.

Every $80 raised provides one night of accommodation in a capital city for patients travelling to receive treatment.

Last year 1,400 bartenders around Australia raised $1.39 million and this year the Leukaemia Foundation is aiming to get over $1.5 million.

To help assist those with blood cancer, head over to the Albion Hotel or look out for Janet in her U.G.L.Y shirt.

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