The Worlds Greatest Shave in support of his Step Mother who is going through treatment for breast cancer. This foundation supports Leukemia Foundation but it is also a symbolic way to help support anybody going through an illness.
As a 13 yr old he knew he couldn't do anything medically to help her but by shaving his head, at least he had a way of showing her he cared by raising money for research and support.
Even more remarkable, he picked his 14th birthday to mark the occasion. His Mum and Step Dad went into overdrive to work out how they could help get the most attention and raise as much money as possible in their support. Their local McDonalds, at Chelsea heights agreed to let them put a Marquee from Nunawading Tri Club in the carpark, put flyers in their take-away bags (printed for free by expo print ) and also offered 20% of sales while we were there.
Scotchline Signs, saw a huge banner placed at the front of McDonalds, we held small signs and walked inside and asked people if they wanted to spray their hair or shave their heads to get in the spirit of things. Hair colour was the most popular option!
The hairdresser Jen from 'All Ways Ahead' donated her time and pitched in with money.
His Dad, a fire man, was called away to a job but was back just in time to do the first shave and then the immediate family took turns in helping shave his head. This was such a beautiful touch as it showed everyone was there to support him (maybe there was a little joy in that part!)
Even with an unusually slow Friday night at McDonalds (due to Friday Night AFL grand final & the beginning of a long weekend) my nephew was still able to raise $1405.00 all up!!!
If anyone gets disillusioned with the youth of the day, just have a think of this story and know there are kids out there with big hearts!
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