Mates chop hair again for charity
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.worldsgreatestshave.com and search an individual and donate to their effort.