When local man Zac Grace and three mates signed up to have their head’s shaved to raise money for Cancer Council NSW last month they were hoping to secure $1,500 for the cause.
So when the final fundraising tally came in at $3,463 the lads were on cloud nine (and it wasn’t just because their heads were suddenly lighter).
The mop chop was the headline act of a Do It For Cancer fundraising day at the Burringbar Sports Club in Crabbes Creek.
About 60 Burringbar, Murwillumbah and Crabbes Creek locals attended the event, enjoying good food and buying up hundreds of raffle tickets to support the cause.
Joining Zac in the barber’s chair were his two hockey mates, Mitchell Nowlan and Kieron Walker, and Mitch’s brother Josh.
Cancer has impacted Zac’s family, with his cousin Pete currently going through Chemotherapy for bowel and liver cancer. It has also affected Mitch and Josh’s mother Bev, who has pancreatic and liver cancer. Keiron Walker was keen to support his good mates.
‘The help of our family, friends, and relatives, including the support of the entire community of Burringbar, Murwillumbah and Crabbes Creek, who donated raffle prizes, was massive,’ Zac said.
‘Even the motel where my mum and Mitch’s mum work – Sunseeker Motel, Byron Bay – donated two night’s accommodation.’
NSW Cancer Council’s Community Relations Coordinator, Hannah Brooks, said it was the organisation’s goal to empower and mobilise the community to beat cancer.
‘And you hold the cards to reducing your cancer risk by not smoking, exercising, limiting your alcohol intake, eating 5 vegetables and 3 fruits each day and reducing your weight,’ Ms Brooks said.