Cause close to heart

November 25, 2016

One in all in: Shepparton residents Michael Anderson, Mandy Scolyer and her son Asher, 11, are shaving their hair to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Three Shepparton residents are shaving their hair off tomorrow to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

‘‘Seeing my niece, Mollie, fight Hodgkin’s lymphoma when she was just 17 was so difficult and I really felt I wanted to give something back,’’ Mandy Scolyer said.

Ms Scolyer’s son Asher, 11, was more than happy to jump on board and when friend Michael Anderson heard about their plans he loved the idea.

‘‘My dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and within six months he passed away from complications with the chemotherapy he was being treated with,’’ Mr Anderson said.

‘‘It was terrible to watch but the staff were so lovely and many nurses came to his funeral, which was quite touching.’’

The three have been busy fundraising in the past weeks and have created a page on the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave website titled ‘GV Hairraisers’.

‘‘We’ve already raised more than $400 and are hoping to raise more than $1000 in the next week or so,’’ Ms Scolyer said.

‘‘We’ve all been touched by cancer in some way — and because we can’t donate huge amounts of money to the foundation, we thought we would do what little we could.’’

Ms Scolyer has placed donation tins at the two Woolworths service stations in Shepparton, one on High St and the other on Benalla Rd, where they will remain until next week.

‘‘We’re getting our hair cut at Tis Hair and Beauty on Archer St and they have kindly closed their shop for us and donated their skill, time and expertise for the cause,’’ Ms Scolyer said.

‘‘If anyone would like to come down to support us tomorrow, you are more than welcome and we will be hosting afternoon tea at the hair salon for a small donation.’’

The haircuts will take place tomorrow at 1.30pm at Tis Hair and Beauty, 326 Archer St, Shepparton. To donate online search for ‘GV Hairraisers’ on the World’s Greatest Shave website.

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