Chopping for a cause

FUNDRAISER: Zaliah Cantell, Cornelia Cantell, Keiren Mahoney, Kathy Hodgson and Ngaire Wellgreen at the ActFasTraining base in Pirie.
FUNDRAISER: Zaliah Cantell, Cornelia Cantell, Keiren Mahoney, Kathy Hodgson and Ngaire Wellgreen at the ActFasTraining base in Pirie.

It is the chop that more people are willing to take nowadays and the look of a bald head has not been a deterrent for Cornelia Cantell and Kathy Hodgson from participating in the Leukemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave. 

The director and training manager of ActfasTraining made a random decision several months ago that they were going to bear the bald and last Saturday they took to the scissors. 

As life savers of Pirie, Cornelia and Kathy share a connection to the cause through Kathy’s daughter who suffers a medical condition and had previously completed fundraiser. 

Once Kathy got word of Cornelia’s fundraising, she decided to jump on board and do what she wanted to do several years ago when her daughter had the idea. 

“I saw it on a Facebook post and my daughter had actually done this about three years ago because she suffers from a medical condition and wanted to fundraise”, Kathy said. 

“I wanted to do it then but didn’t want to take anything away from what she was doing. Cornelia asked if I wanted to help out, dye my hair and I told her I am going to shave it too.” 

The group filled with members dying and shaving their heads had an aim of raising $3,000 and Cornelia mentioned that she was not going to do the shave until they had reached $1,000, but unfortunately donations have been slow. 

At the shave on Saturday, the team managed to fundraise $1,000, in addition to $600 which they had already raised. 

The money which they have raised so far though will not go unnoticed, with every single dollar counting towards research. 

The look of a bald head can sometimes be turnoff for many, but both Cornelia and Kathy feel they are going to be confident without hair. 

“At the moment I am fine. I don’t have any issues with having a bald head. My girls will tell a different story, they reckon I am going to embarrass them, but it is more of a talking point”, Cornelia explained.  If you would like to donate, search ActFas on the World’s Greatest Shave website.