$100,000 raised for shave
CRAZY coloured hair dos and cleanly shaven heads were out and about this week after a number of Shave for a Cure events were held across the region on the weekend.
The Whitsunday and Mackay region had 414 registrations this year with $105,000 banked so far.
Leukaemia Foundation Whitsunday Regional Community Fundraiser Julie Marshall said she was amazed to see so many groups and individuals get involved in this year's event.
“It's been one of those years where we have had a lot of natural disasters across the State, yet it is so amazing to see people get on board,” she said.
“This year it was great to see so many schools and child care centres entering.
“We had 25 last year and 68 this year, so it's a big difference.”
With many other groups and individuals yet to bank their money, the final tally for the region is sure to exceed $13,000 for the Whitsundays.
Dee Jay's School of Dance principal Denise Hadley and her son Remi Vigor raised more than $3000 after six weeks of fundraising.
The mother and son duo said they were sceptical about whether they would reach their initial target of $2000 early last week.
“Remi thought we are never going to make it,” Denise said.
Dee Jay's is also running a raffle over the next few weeks with proceeds to go towards the Leukaemia Foundation. “We have hit hard and annoyed everyone for their ash tray change,” she said.
Long time Whitsunday resident and skipper Dan Harper parted ways with his goatee and handlebar moustache he had been growing for years.
He also put it to the community that if they can help raise $2000 by this Friday, he will lose his long locks as well.
Visit the Whitsunday Times office to donate.
Final Shave for a Cure events will be held across the region this week.
Tally so far
Cannonvale - $1200
Hamilton Island - $1300
Hayman Island Resort - $1600
Proserpine - $2100
IINDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS
Whitsunday Regional Council - $1500
Lauren Simpson - $750
Zac Bailey - $800
Dee Jay's School of Dance -
Cruise Whitsundays - $275