Re­lay for Life the win­ner in bat­tle

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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