Clippers out in Mudgee Region for a cure

CLOSE SHAVE: Ken Reynolds went under the clippers for the World’s Greatest Shave yesterday.

CLOSE SHAVE: Ken Reynolds went under the clippers for the World’s Greatest Shave yesterday.

Locals have begun losing their locks for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.

Pioneer House resident Ken Reynolds went under the clippers on Thursday, having raised $846.

He said it’s his opportunity to “do my part”.

“I did it because I strongly believe in doing charity to find a cure for blood cancer and in the long run all cancers,” he said.

“We’ve all got to play our part and the more people do one day we’ll find a cure.

“I know a woman who for the last 12 months has been undergoing chemo for cancer and this is my way of helping.”

Mr Reynolds added that he’s also a supporter of breast cancer care providers McGrath Foundation and anti-violence organisation White Ribbon.

Before: Ken Reynolds still has his hair before he goes under the clippers for the charity drive.

Before: Ken Reynolds still has his hair before he goes under the clippers for the charity drive.

On Sunday Jayde Mitchell will be shaving her head in memory of her late father “as a salute, as well as a representation of how important this cause is to me.”

“On February 19, my father passed away after his long, and painful three-year battle with blood cancer – Hodgkins lymphoma,” she said.

“As a result of this, I feel as though I need to help those similar to him and our family, as I know first hand how difficult it is to watch a loved one in this state.”

Today – Friday, March 17 -  Terri Doorey of Kandos will be shaving her head at the Globe Hotel, Rylstone on from 5pm-7pm.

The night will be a fun-filled family night with nibbles provided for a small donation.

After: Now freshly shaved, Ken is probably feeling a bit more of the wind on his head.

After: Now freshly shaved, Ken is probably feeling a bit more of the wind on his head.

Local woman Margaret Dunnachie will do her fifth straight Greatest Shave on on Saturday (March 18) at Cheveux Studio at The Bridge complex at 160 Church Street, Mudgee.

More than 150,000 people will have signed up to get sponsored to shave, cut, colour or wax their hair for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.

It began back in 1998 and today, is one of Australia’s biggest fundraising events.

Every day 35 Australians will be told they have blood cancer – more than 13,000 people a year – including; leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or related blood disorders.

In acute, aggressive cases, the person must begin treatment within 24 hours of diagnosis.

To sponsor a shaver or make a donation go to worldsgreatestshave.com

Money raised will give families the emotional and practical support they need, and fund urgent research to save more lives.

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