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A couple of ugly bartenders

Greg Kabar and Joe Eccleston are raising money for leukemia.
Greg Kabar and Joe Eccleston are raising money for leukemia.

The Royal Hotel will be participating in the U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year challenge for the fourth year running.

Chef at the popular pub Greg Kabar started and runs the local take on the challenge, which involves walking from Adelong to Tumut in the name of charity – finishing up at the Royal for a well-earned barbeque and a cold one.

The 20 kilometre walk will take place towards the end of October, with the exact date yet to be finalised.

“We’ll probably pick the hottest day of the year, like we always do,” Mr Kabar said.

The fundraising initiative raises money for the Leukemia Foundation, and stands for Understanding Generous Likeable You.

Donations can be made through a bucket kept at the Royal.

A bucket can also be found on the bar at the Commercial Hotel, who are joining in on the fundraising efforts this year.

Mr Kabar said the town loves to get behind the fundraising walk.

“Often people will stop along the way, give us a wave, give us drinks – we’ve had some great town support over the years. Visy’s always very supportive, and people who have had leukemia in the past or know someone who had are always very generous.”

“We’ve always got a good cast of characters who join us on the walk. We had a bloke in his seventies the first year, he ran rings around us.”

The donated cash goes towards “home-away-from-home”s for those with Leukemia who have to travel from regional and remote areas to access treatment.

Every $80 provides one night’s accommodation for a patient and their families.

In 2015 U.G.LY fundraisers came up with $2 million for the cause, with the Royal Hotel chipping in around $1000 – $2500 each year.