Huge support for cancer fundraiser

By Jennifer Huxley

Twenty-one Clarence Valley residents are preparing to have their heads shaved as part of the Bluey Day cancer research fundraiser.

With volunteers aiming to raise $1000 per head shaved, Grafton residents are being called upon to contribute to help children with cancer.

Grafton's 2005 campaign is co-ordinated by Bunnings Warehouse activities organiser Dawn Collison, who said she was thrilled by the community's response.

"It is just amazing that 21 people are willing to put themselves out there to help, and already we have raised $2200, it's very exciting," Ms Collison said.

"We have focused on the services and have people from the police, fire brigade, schools and the prison volunteering to have their head shaved.

"There are some great fundraising ideas going around ? South Grafton Public came up with the idea of raffling off the chance to shave the teachers' heads, while Grafton High students are looking at auctioning locks of hair. Everyone is just really enthusiastic."

Residents who have put their hands up to have their head shaved include Grafton Public School's Paul Johnstone, Grafton Jail worker Xavier Sullivan and Bunnings Warehouse employees Matt Tully and Col Stephens.

Mr Stephens said he was enjoying helping organise the fundraiser but was unsure how the 'wingnut look' would suit him.

"Something like this is good fun and it's for the kids so I really don't mind doing it, especially because cancer is something that touches everyone ? if you don't get it yourself you probably know someone who does or has had some form of cancer," Mr Stephens said.

Donations can be made at Bunnings Warehouse Grafton or through participating volunteers.

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