Nurse ‘dred­ding’ shave for can­cer cure

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

BE BRAVE and shave is the re­sound­ing mes­sage from the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion this March when thou­sands of will­ing vol­un­teers will crop, shave, colour or wax their locks in the name of char­ity.

Af­ter three years of grow­ing and main­tain­ing his mane, lo­cal reg­is­tered nurse Jake Cro­ker is do­ing just that, tak­ing the plunge and cut­ting off his dis­tin­guish­ing 50cm long dread­locks in the name of char­ity.

“I am quite ner­vous about cut­ting them off,” he said.

“I thought that I’d keep them for years but was in­spired to do a good deed and raise some money for char­ity.”

Shave for a Cure raises vi­tal funds to help the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion to sup­port pa­tients and fam­i­lies liv­ing with blood can­cer or a re­lated blood con­di­tion and to fund im­por­tant, cut­ting edge re­search.

The Moss­man dis­trict branch of the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion will put the fun into fundrais­ing at the Cen­tral Ho­tel on March 15 in sup­port of the na­tional shave for a cure event, where lo­cals in­clud­ing Jake will crop, shave and dye their hair.

MC for the evening and nurse ed­u­ca­tor at Moss­man hospi­tal Shaun Cram urged ev­ery­one to come and sup­port the great cause.

“All the money raised will go to help­ing pa­tients and fam­i­lies af­fected in the lo­cal area, who per­haps have to travel to Bris­bane or Townsville for treat­ment which is very dis­lo­cat­ing for fam­i­lies,” he said.

“Any ex­cuse to have fun is a great idea - and even bet­ter if it helps oth­ers.”

Mean­while, Jake is un­sure what to he will do with his dis­mem­bered dread­locks.

“Per­haps I can hang them on my wall,” he said.

An­other shave will be held at Moss­man mar­kets on March 15 from 8am-12pm for those who can’t make it to the Cen­tral Ho­tel but want to part with their locks for a good cause.

Photo by DONNA-MARIE MILNE

Be­ing brave to shave: Jake Cro­ker and col­league Shaun Cram

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