Tatura pub calls for help raising leukaemia funds

By James Bennett

Lagozzino's Top Pub could be the best pub in the country for raising leukaemia funds — but it needs your help.

The Tatura pub has raised more than $18 000 for the Leukaemia Foundation as part of the U.G.L.Y. Bartender initiative.

The final totals will be tallied on Monday and owners Jenny and Frank Lagozzino pretty much have it in the bag for the state title — considering second place sits at about $5500.

But the pub is about $1700 ahead for the national title and Mrs Lagozzino is confident of victory.

“I'm very competitive so I'm going to make sure we win,” she said with a laugh.

“We've won the state title a couple of times. The national title usually goes to the pubs in Queensland; they're too darn good.

“If I can raise $2000 it should just be enough to get over the line. I just missed the national title by $1000 once.”

The first year the pub won the state title it raised $17 500 and the most recent time it won, the pub collected $32 000.

“I'm pretty happy with what we've raised so far, considering I started late,” Mrs Lagozzino said.

“I was sick earlier in the year so I've only been raising money for about two months and it's a really good effort the town has rallied together.”

Locals can show their support for the pub tonight by bidding on donated items in the auction or buying a ticket in the raffle.

For the past few weeks, people have donated to the cause by putting cash into different rattle tins with the faces of the pub owners and a few local patrons attached.

If the person's tin has reached the target, they will get a pie in their face.

“It has been great that some of the locals have got involved and encouraged people to donate,” Mrs Lagozzino said.

“I hope all of the people with a rattle tin get a pie to their face.”