Clip go the shears to help raise funds
WE'VE heard of our swimmers 'shaving down' for competitions, but when two bowlers got together at the weekend to have their flowing locks removed, it was for a cause that was entirely different and more important.
Lismore Workers Heights Bowls Club members Kel Lavis and Val Mackney raised $3503.50 for a campaign to purchase a PET/CT scanner for the Northern Rivers.
The scanners are a major diagnostic tool used in the fight against cancer, which is a subject close to Kel Lavis's heart.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in August last year and survived an operation to remove his prostate in February of this year.
“Most people these days have some cancer related story in their family somewhere along the line,” he said. “I had a blood test that found it last August and it just went on from there. Further blood counts and biopsies followed and I had the prostate out in February.”
Lavis said that Mackney had been the one to come up with the idea of doing a head shave as a fundraiser and he decided to join the campaign.
“It was just something that I thought was worth doing and he needed more than one bunny to do this,” he said.
“The whole thing started about seven or eight weeks ago and we have raised most of the sponsorship money in-house.
“When we first started I thought if we raised $500 that would be great, but to raise the amount of money that we have ended up with was a fantastic result.”
Lavis said that he was looking forward to the actual day of the head shave and then had second thoughts when he saw Mackney go first.
“But it is nothing too drastic and most of the comments have been that it's probably improved my looks,” he said.
“It looks pretty good actually and I guess that I'm lucky its summer.”