Sunday stroll for charity

October 10, 2017

cap: Jenny Lagozzino (centre, front) with participants of Sunday's 20 kilometre walk.

The weather was admittedly a bit ‘U.G.L.Y’.

But the intermittent rain was where that ended as a group of kind-hearted Tatura walkers assembled just after 11am on Sunday to embark on an ambitious 20km walk around town to help combat leukaemia.

The U.G.L.Y Bartender walk-a-thon is part of Tatura Top Pub’s Jenny Lagozzino’s two-month fundraising effort to raise $20000 for the Leukemia Foundation.

It has become an important cause for Ms Lagozzino, following a personal experience with the disease.

The walk-a-thon left about 11am, with people able to choose to walk as much or as little of the 20km as they liked.

The reward: a lunch and drink afterwards with other walkers doing their bit in efforts to combat leukaemia.

This year is the third year the pub has taken on an ambitious fundraising campaign for the cause.

‘‘The first year we just did it ... we raised just under $5000,’’ Ms Lagozzino said of the pub’s fundraising for the U.G.L.Y Bartender campaign.

‘‘The second year $15000 ... we actually won for Victoria.’’

‘‘This year, we’re trying to raise $20000.’’

From Sunday’s walk — just one event in the pub’s fundraising efforts — Ms Lagozzino said about $4000 had been raised.

‘‘There’s only a handful (of people),’’ she said.

‘‘It shows how just a few people can help make such a difference.’’

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