Robbie gives it up for hair raising cancer fundraiser
MANY Grafton parents had little time to scratch themselves over the weekend, but Robbie Leek managed to fit a haircut in - albeit at the hands of his gleeful children.
It was his first "chop" in 12 months and he plans on waiting another year for the next one.
It was all for a good cause - Robbie has raised about $750 so far in his Shave for a Cure quest and will continue taking donations till the end of the week.
Feeling the cold on Saturday night, Robbie said he was glad to be wearing his GDSC pipe band hat from the float procession.
Robbie said yesterday he hoped to make the Jaca Saturday shave an annual event and will be holding fellow band member George Vlastaras to his commitment to join him next year.
Originally, Robbie said he was prompted into action when his brother-in-law Neville Lollback was diagnosed with leukemia but he said his shave experience had been enjoyable.
"For me it was really about raising awareness and getting people not to take things for granted," said the Salvation Army member.
Robbie said his father died of cancer and his mother had successfully fought two bouts of bowel cancer.
He said it was organisations such the Cancer Council and other research groups that were helping move cancer diagnoses from being mandatory death sentences.