Spirit of brav­ery cut­ting through

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

“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.

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