Michael Ben­nett shaves his head for noble cause

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS - Joshua Macree joshua.macree@west­ern­starnews.com

MICHAEL Ben­nett braved the chilly night air on Satur­day to shave his hair and beard for a worth­while cause.

In front of fam­ily and friends at the Cobb and Co Ho­tel in St Ge­orge, Michael joined sev­eral other in help­ing raise vi­tal funds for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

It’s a cause close to his heart.

“My dad passed away from leukaemia as well as a cou­ple of friends of ours that we’ve known for quite some time,” Mr Ben­nett said.

Michael’s aim of rais­ing $2000 was eas­ily sur­passed, with $3680 go­ing to­wards the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

“My aim was to reach $2000 and to make a lit­tle bit ex­tra than that was quite a bonus and I was very happy with it.”

Join­ing Michael in shav­ing their hair was a co­hort of friends and fam­ily, in­clud­ing Brent Kann –who had leukaemia sev­eral years ago and is cur­rently in re­mis­sion.

“It was very good night with a re­ally good turnout,” he said.

“A cou­ple of the other peo­ple that were there de­cided to do­nate money and get on board and have a shave or colour their hair.

“I was im­pressed with how ev­ery­thing went and the sup­port from all the whole com­mu­nity and I look for­ward to do­ing it again in the fu­ture.

“The foun­da­tion helps to sup­port fam­i­lies here in the Balonne and re­mote ar­eas where suf­fer­ers might have to travel to see doc­tors and spe­cial­ists just so they can get by.”

❝My aim was to reach $2000 and to make a lit­tle bit ex­tra than that was quite a bonus... — Michael Ben­nett

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

GREATEST SHAVE: Jim Lasserre, Steve Casey, Michael Ben­nett, Brent Kann and David Ward at the Cobb and Co Ho­tel on Satur­day night.

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