$10,000 for Movem­ber and dread­locks are gone

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MANY men through­out the Whit­sun­days rose to the chal­lenge of grow­ing a man­i­cured mous­tache for the month of Movem­ber.

But it was lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher and owner of RandR Dig­i­tal, Russ Ben­ning, who laid down the big­gest chal­lenge when he of­fered to shave off his dread­locks if his team could raise $10,000 for Movem­ber Aus­tralia.

He re­alised his dreads would have to go as Team RandR Dig­i­tal raised $10,239 which in­cluded $4000 in the fi­nal four hours of the great shave off held at Down Un­der Bar on Sun­day.

Mr Ben­ning still can’t be­lieve his team reached their tar­get and thanked the other 20 men who com­pleted a “sym­pa­thy shave” on the night.

“One of my staff, John Fowler, an­nounced a se­cret squir­rel dona­tion of $1200 that no-one knew about un­til the last three hours of the great shave off,” he said.

“I am so proud that the com­mu­nity has sup­ported the busi­ness I built from the ground up and helped us reach our tar­get of $10,000 for Movem­ber – a foun­da­tion I feel is of­ten over­looked.”

Mr Ben­ning thanked the Down Un­der Bar for host­ing the great shave off event, Boom Night­club, Phoenix Bar and Mama Africa for their gen­er­ous do­na­tions and Elite Se­cu­rity for throw­ing a solid bone in the late stages of the com­pe­ti­tion.

In other lo­cal Movem­ber news, Air Whit­sun­day Sea­planes went down to GSL Avi­a­tion af­ter lay­ing down their chal­lenge to see who could raise the most funds for the char­ity. GSL Avi­a­tion raised a to­tal of $1791.65 ahead of Air Whit­sun­days’ $1025.90.

GSL Avi­a­tion pi­lot Ben Se­nior said Air Whit­sun­day would now have to host a bar­be­cue for the win­ners but both com­pa­nies were proud to have raised a com­bined to­tal of al­most $3000.

PRD Na­tion­wide Whit­sun­day agent and Port of Air­lie con­sul­tant Gregg Tay­lor grew a fan­tas­tic sil­ver mous­tache for Movem­ber but is now happy to be clean shaven. He said he was stopped on a daily ba­sis by peo­ple ask­ing about Movem­ber and was over­whelmed by sup­port of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Am­cal’s team Live Life Whit­sun­days also raised a to­tal of $567 for the foun­da­tion.

FRIENDLY RIVALRY: GSL Avi­a­tion Movem­ber team Trent Brown, Dan Ed­wards, Josh Suther­land, Jur­gen Eicke, Rhys Shilton, Ben Se­nior and Kahlie Jensen (front) with Air Whit­sun­day Sea­planes team Dan Bolton, Andy Pol­son and Pau­los Steszewski who com­pared their to­tal funds raised on the weekend.

GREAT SHAVE: RandR Dig­i­tal owner Russ Ben­ning gave his girl­friend So­phie Smith the hon­our of cut­ting off his dreads af­ter his team of 18 men and five girls reached their tar­get of $10,000 for the Movem­ber Foun­da­tion. Photo by RandR Dig­i­tal

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