Pony­tail to go to raise funds

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MOST peo­ple wouldn’t dream of shav­ing their hair off but this will be the re­al­ity for long-term Cannonvale res­i­dent David Young, who has made it his mis­sion to face the clip­pers to raise funds for the Prostate Can­cer Coun­cil of Aus­tralia.

Mr Young has been the site man­ager of Wool­worths Petrol Cannonvale for the past two years, and will be shav­ing his hair at the Air­lie Beach Com­mu­nity Mar­kets this Satur­day at 10.30am.

“My fa­ther is a prostate can­cer sur­vivor and one in nine men in Aus­tralia will de­velop prostate can­cer in their life­time,” he said.

Mr Young’s beloved pony­tail is one of his most char­ac­ter­is­tic fea­tures and he is will­ing to give up al­most a decade of growth to en­cour­age men to get checked and seek pro­fes­sional ad­vice.

“I would love to raise $2000 but any­thing be­yond that would be a great achieve­ment,” he said.

Do­na­tion tins la­belled with ‘shave the pony’ and ‘save the pony’ can be found at Wool­worths Petrol Cannonvale, Beach Li­brary and the Fair­burn Bak­ery in Cen­tro Whit­sun­day.

It will be a char­ity tu­gof-war, with the most dollars raised de­liv­er­ing the fi­nal de­ci­sion on the day.

“Some peo­ple have been do­nat­ing to save and oth­ers to shave. I even do­nated $50 to save but go­ing on the weights of the tins I think 90 per cent of do­na­tions are to shave,” he said.

Air Whit­sun­day Sea- planes has also jumped on board to sup­port the cause with ev­ery $5 do­nated, res­i­dents will go into the draw to win a trip to the Great Bar­rier Reef.

To make a do­na­tion, visit www.shave­or­save.com.au.

GET­TING CHOPPED: Wool­worths Petrol Cannonvale site man­ager David Young will be shav­ing his head to raise money for the Prostate Can­cer Coun­cil of Aus­tralia at the Air­lie Beach Com­mu­nity Mar­kets this Satur­day at 10.30am.

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