UGLY walk a beauty

The Tatura Guardian - - Local Classies -

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 11 am on Sun­day to em­bark on an am­bi­tious 20 km walk around the town in an ef­fort to com­bat leukaemia.

The U.G.L.Y Bar­tender walka-thon is part of Tatura Top Pub’s Jenny Lagozzino’s two- month fundrais­ing ef­fort to raise $20 000 for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

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

The walk-a-thon de­parted the pub about 11 am, with the op­tion avail­able to walk as much or as lit­tle of the 20 km as de­sired.

The re­ward was a lunch and drink after­wards along­side the walk­ers do­ing their bit in ef­forts to com­bat leukaemia.

This year marks 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 $15 000. We ac­tu­ally won for Vic­to­ria.

‘‘This year, we’re try­ing to raise $20 000.’’

From Sun­day’s walk alone, just one event in the pub’s twom­onth cal­en­dar of fundrais­ing ef­forts, Ms Lagozzino es­ti­mated 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.’’

Fundrais­ing ef­fort: Jenny Lagozzino (front, cen­tre) with par­tic­i­pants of Sun­day’s 20 km walk.

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