Now that’s a close shave!
By Marika Fengler
A group of residents and staff from our aged care hostels ‘The Sacred Shavers’ have signed up to go under the razor or dye their hair for the World’s Greatest Shave. They are enjoying their last days with their current hair, before beards or heads are shaven or dyed in the most hairiest of endeavours to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
One resident, Norm says he changed beard styles about a year ago and that’s when he last saw his chin. His good friend and neighbour, Graham, is shaving off his beard and the sides of his beautiful white hair to create a mowhawk which he’ll dye a bright colour. He said the reason he is participating is to help others. “When it comes down to brass tacks, it’s a chance to help someone else”.
Brooke from our aged care’s lifestyle team said the opportunity to help others in need is very special to many of our residents, who often don’t get the chance to adopt helping roles much anymore. “To assist very ill people and hopefully improve their life and well-being through actions, our residents can not only give back to the community, but also improve their own sense of meaning, purpose and esteem,” she said.
The group of about 20 residents and staff members, with numbers are growing all the time, is well on its way towards its target of raising $560 through sponsorship. Participants are open to special requests and group donations, but as Graham stated “It’s gotta be worth it. Money talks so the beards can walk!”
A special afternoon tea has been organised so friends, family, staff and sponsors can come along and watch as the group ceremoniously shaves, colours and clips in the aged care hairdressing salon.
If you would like to sponsor the team, please type ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ into your search engine and look under team captain Santiago Aznal to find ‘The Sacred Shavers’.