Big W employees Matt O’Meally, Josh Mackie, Carly Wainwright, Robert Nacinovic, Bryon Small and Rhys Frendo get ready to lose an estimated 150,000 hairs each.
Big W employees Matt O’Meally, Josh Mackie, Carly Wainwright, Robert Nacinovic, Bryon Small and Rhys Frendo get ready to lose an estimated 150,000 hairs each.

Ready for the kindest cut

BIG W may be known for shaving dollars of its prices but this week a group of its Grafton employees will be shaving something else.

Led by the effervescent Carly Wainwright, seven staff members at the Grafton store will give up their locks on Thursday to raise money in the World’s Greatest Shave.

At 10am they take their turn in a barber’s chair to be set up outside the store in Shoppingworld, where they will each receive a number zero cut.

Carly took part in the World’s Greatest Shave last year – when she received a number two cut – and can’t wait to have an even closer shave this week.

“It’s all for a fantastic cause,” she said of the leukaemia research fundraiser.

“I’m in for anything that’s crazy – life’s too short to be boring.

“Most of our group are night fillers and two are day staff.”

One of the group, Rhys Frendo, won’t be able to join the others for Thursday’s shave because he will be in Coffs Harbour at TAFE but his workmates will be making sure he doesn’t opt out and have organised a special cutting session on Friday night.

A donation box will be set up so shoppers can help the group raise money, with Big W staff on hand to record names for people who would like receipts.

Carly is also hoping to raise enough to ensure Big W also donates $1000 as part of a fundraising matching scheme the company operates.

“They will match any amount up to $1000 dollar for dollar, so $1000 is the magic figure,” she said. “It would be great for as many shoppers as possible to put some money into the donation box.”

It’s the start of a busy fundraising period for the community-minded staff at Big W, who will also take part in the upcoming Relay for Life and the Biggest Loser weight loss competition.



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