Nurse ‘dredding’ shave for cancer cure
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.
Being brave to shave: Jake Croker and colleague Shaun Cram