UGLY walk a beauty
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.