Relay for Life the winner in battle
Since Jo Cornish’s husband died from a form of leukaemia in 2005, she has been passionate about raising money for Cancer Council.
The PAG co-ordinator at MHA Care Cobram is so committed she is shaving her head at a fundraiser event on October 24.
For the past three years, MHA Care staff from the Cobram and Yarrawonga offices have entered a team in Relay for Life after Ms Cornish approached management to see if the company would be willing to get involved.
This year Ms Cornish decided to up the ante on fundraising efforts leading into the relay, putting her hair on the line.
But she could have a saving grace, revealing an alternative plan was hatched by her MHA clients after she told them of her plans.
‘‘I offered to shave my hair if we raised something like $500, which created quite a lot of interest amongst the whole company,’’ Ms Cornish said.
‘‘But then I put it to the clients and they were absolutely horrified by the idea, so they decided to come up with their own fundraiser which is for me to not have to shave my head,’’ she said.
Whichever fundraiser ends up with the highest total on October 24 will decide the fate of Ms Cornish’s locks.
The battle lines have been drawn and so far the clients’ campaign is going well, with $240 raised as opposed to $170 in the shave corner.
While a little worried about the prospect of shaving her head, the fact that she has done it before makes it slightly less daunting.
‘‘About seven or eight years ago my daughter and I and another father and daughter team did the World’s Greatest Shave because my husband died of cancer, which is why I’m so passionate about this — and we raised something like $14 000,’’ she said.
Ms Cornish said MHA carers had been taking groups of clients out each day to visit local businesses to get the ball rolling on donations.
‘‘The town has been really supportive and the clients just love getting out in the community and helping out with the fundraising efforts,’’ she said.
If Ms Cornish is to shave her head, it will happen at the MHA office in Cobram on October 24.
Shear Kaos owner Kate Nuttall will have the honour of cutting her hair if necessary.
Raising funds: Jo Cornish (front, second from right) is willing to shave her head to raise money for Relay for Life. She is pictured with her MHA Care clients, who have started their own fundraiser to prevent her from having to part with her locks.