Mates chop hair again for char­ity

Alpine Observer - - News - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

TWO young boys from Bright will take part in the World’s Great­est Shave on Fri­day.

Blake Barnes and Jimmy Sides will shave their heads to raise funds for the Leukemia Foun­da­tion a cause close to the hearts of Blake and his mother An­gela.

“Blake came up with the idea last year that he wanted to do the World’s Great­est Shave for his nan and then Jimmy joined him on the night and got his head shaved too,” Ms Barnes said.

The 10 year-olds will shave their heads at an event at Bright’s Grape and Grain bar from 5pm on Fri­day.

The venue hosted Blake’s head shave last year while own­ers Glen and Lin­dal Page have been long­time sup­port­ers of the Leukemia Foun­da­tion through the U.G.L.Y Bar­tender ini­tia­tive.

“Last year we had about 40 peo­ple here on the night and raised about $700 for Blake,” Mr Page said.

“We had Steve McMil­lan say he’d shave his head for $200 and within a cou­ple of min­utes we had $300.

“We’re more than happy to sup­port the two boys, a good friend of ours has got leukemia and most peo­ple we know have some con­nec­tion to it.”

Just short of $3000 was raised by Blake in 2017 and to­gether with Jimmy this year the pair have so far to­talled over $1500.

Blake’s grand­mother who has bat­tled blood can­cer since 2013 will be in at­ten­dance to give her grand­son a re­verse mo­hawk be­fore hair­dresser Kerry Man­ning fin­ishes off the job.

“Our fam­ily has been helped by the Leukemia Foun­da­tion with a house for re­gional fam­i­lies who are re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in the city,” Ms Barnes said.

“For eight months in 2013 and five months last year it meant dad could be by mum’s side and we could visit reg­u­larly.”

Four fe­male staff mem­bers from the Pore­punkah Pub will also par­tic­i­pate in the World’s Great­est Shave this week­end.

The pub will hold an event on Sun­day af­ter­noon from 2.30pm with kid’s ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment be­fore Jac­qui Coates, Louise Daly, Karen Gal­lagher and Jan Ros­siter lose their locks from 4pm.

Peo­ple can at­tend the events to show their sup­port or go to www.worlds­great­est­ and search an in­di­vid­ual and do­nate to their ef­fort.

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