Aiming for bigger, better

September 26, 2017

Hoshizaki Lancer sales manager Michael Griffiths, Victorian U.G.L.Y.Bartender of the Year Jenny Lagozzino and Leukaemia Foundation acting general manager in Victoria Meaghan Bush.

After raising the most funds in the state for the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual U.G.L.Y Bartender fundraiser last year, Tatura’s Lagozinno’s Top Pub aims to raise $20000 this year.

Organiser Jenny Lagozzino said the funds would be put towards 250 nights of help for the loved ones of people suffering from leukaemia.

After breaking the Victorian record raising more than $15000 last year, Mrs Lagozzino has organised several fundraisers to be held before the competition closes in November.

‘‘We’ll be having a walk-a-thon on Sunday, October 8,’’ she said.

With the youngest registered walker aged five years and the oldest aged 74, Mrs Lagozzino said the walk really was for anyone.

‘‘Anybody can walk,’’ she said.

‘‘There’ll be prizes for who has the highest amount from sponsors, the first person back and the first person back aged under 12 years.’’

She said walkers could contact the venue to receive their sponsorship forms ahead of the walk.

Mrs Lagozzino said the walk alone raised $8000 last year and she encouraged everyone to enter.

‘‘Ring up to join us or you can just call to sponsor someone who will be walking,’’ she said.

With 5km, 10km and 20km stretches, Ms Lagozinno said people should just walk the length they felt comfortable with.

‘‘Some of the young ones are doing less than 5km,’’ she said.

A barbecue lunch and refreshments will be provided for all entrants after the walk.

Several more events will take place as part of the fundraiser, with a golf day planned for November 5 at the Hill Top Golf and Country Club.

Entrants will pay to play and a portion of funds will be donated. The winner will receive a prize and there will be a free barbecue lunch and refreshments.

Other events include a trivia night, pool competition and baby show at Lagozinno’s Top Pub, as well as a charity auction.

‘‘Anyone who would like to donate to the auction, get in touch with us,’’ Mrs Lagozinno said.

She said there were also small ways people could donate.

‘‘We’ve got blue drinks here where some funds go to the competition and there’s also a dessert where people can pay as little or as much as they like for it,’’ she said.

■For information about any of the events phone Lagozzino’s Top Pub on 58241600. See future editions for upcoming event dates.

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