Spirit of bravery cutting through
“IT’S not really very brave, I’m just shaving my head.”
These were the words of Whitsunday resident Jennie Davis, who bid farewell to her long locks of hair that hadn’t been cut for four years.
Ms Davis said cancer was a personal issue for her, which had an effect on her family.
“My sister-in-law was diagnosed with leukemia last year and it was such a shock and I never had a really good reason to do something like this,” she said.
Ms Davis joined Big 4 Airlie Cove Resort general manager Michael Quigley and assistant manager Trina Haplin to support the World’s Greatest Shave.
All three participants have family members affected by breast cancer or leukemia and are doing everything they can to offer moral support for those affected.
Ms Haplin participated in the World’s Greatest Shave for the first time on Sunday.
While it was daunting for her at first, she said the experience was nothing compared to the struggle others went through on a daily basis.
“They are fighting the battle and I’m just losing my hair,” she said.
“It’s not that scary, the hairdresser said it will grow back in a month.”
Mr Quigley parted ways with his beard, which he had kept for more than 10 years since he was 15 years old.
While he doubted many of his friends would recognise him without it, he said he was happy knowing he was making a difference.
“When I was quite young my sister-in-law passed away from breast cancer, so this is the closest charity I can get behind and make a difference,” he said.
SOLIDARITY: Trina Halpin, Jennie Davis and Michael Quigley with hairdresser Belinda Ludwig.
End result of the Big 4 World’s Greatest Shave.