Hair-raising fun for a cause
GATEWAY Village residents were treated to some hair-raising entertainment last week.
Close to 100 residents and guests gathered on the retirement village grounds on Thursday to watch park manager Michelle Hanson and three park residents bravely bare their heads for the World's Greatest Shave.
Together they raised close to $2500 for the Leukaemia Foundation, and Ms Hanson said she was thrilled with the result.
"You never know, somewhere amongst that $2500 could be the magic dollar that tips it over and they find the cure," she said.
"The magic dollar's got to be out there somewhere, we've just got to find it."
Ms Hanson's motivation to brave the shave came from a personal experience.
"A girlfriend of mine lost her husband to leukaemia last year," she said.
"It's such a horrible disease in that there isn't much you can do. I just wanted to do it for her."
Due to the success of the shave, Ms Hanson said they hoped to make the World's Greatest Shave (WGS) an annual event at the retirement village.
"To see the community out here come together... I was in awe of them, they are amazing," she said.
Gateway Village residents Irene Tranter, Errol Woods and Pat Gallaher said they were all happy with their new looks.
"Michelle came up with the idea and conned us all into it," Mrs Tranter laughed.
"I only made the decision about 10 days ago. I hadn't even spoken to my husband about it."
Her husband's reaction after the shave?
"It matches mine now," he said, pointing to his head.
Mrs Tranter was the third person in her family to brave the shave, with her daughter and granddaughter having lined up in previous years.
It didn't take Mr Woods long to sign up, and he now has one more buzz cut to add to his five or six previous WGS campaigns.
The former police officer last shaved his head for the Leukaemia Foundation before his retirement two years ago.
First-time participant Pat Gallaher said she was feeling numb after her shave.
"I really thought I might chicken out, but I did it," she said.