Award for hair razing effort

COFFS Harbour City Council has taken out the Leukaemia Foundation’s 2010 NSW/ACT Council Challenge.

Council staff raised $6318.45 this year in the World’s Greatest Shave Event which was the most raised by any council the State and the ACT.

Organiser Amanda Dart says everyone who played a part in raising the money were “over the moon” at receiving an award. Amanda, and a handful of other council staff, received their award last night at the Leukaemia Foundation’s awards night in Sydney.

“We were just so glad to beat last year’s target of $3600, we didn’t dream that we were in the running for an award,” she said.

Coffs Harbour City mayor, Councillor Keith Rhoades said it was a “fantastic result”.

“I would just like to send my congratulations to the staff who put so much effort into this worthy cause and so many others throughout the year,” Cr Rhoades said.

Helping to seal the win for council was Christine Artist, the personal assistant for the mayor.

Christine shaved her hair and was the only woman at council to do so – in the process she managed to raise $2361.

“I was motivated to shave all of my hair off because some good friends have been having treatment for cancer and I wanted to do my bit,” Ms Artist said.

Many other staff members chose to either have their locks shorn, eyebrows removed, beards and moustaches shaved or hair colour changed.

“This award is for all the people who went above and beyond the call of duty with their shavings and colourings, and also the staff who gave so generously,” the general manager, Stephen Sawtell, said.

The fundraising team also organised cake stalls and morning teas to keep the cash rolling into the coffers.

The money raised is used by the foundation to continue providing practical care and support to patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders, as well as research into better treatments.

“We were just so glad to beat last year’s target of $3600, we didn’t dream that we were in the running for an award”



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