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The Stratford shave down
Stratford brigade captain Mike Sears first committed to the ‘shave for a cure’ off his own bat, but before long he had half of District 10 on board.
“My sister is dealing with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and I thought it might be a good thing to raise some money for research. It didn’t start as a CFA thing but the brigade has got right behind it and now we’ve got six other brigade captains committed to shave!” said Mike.
Sale Captain Doug Brack, Clydebank Captain Wayne Goddard, Maffra Captain Ron Graham, Perry Bridge Captain David Read, Boisdale Captain Mathew Sim, Newry Captain Mark Whitehurst and Swifts Creek firefighter Darren Rafferty have all agreed to join Mike underneath the clippers on Friday 15 March.
“They’ve all been very busy with the fires, doing one thing or another and I had to do a fair bit of sweet talking. I’ve been filling in as group officer – helping organise crews and planning and logistics – a lot of other guys are doing the same.
“We’re looking to raise some money for cancer research but also have some fun. We might be looking for a few laughs after these fires. If we can get a fair few down there from CFA and also from town it will be great – we want everyone to get involved.
“We’ll be running a raffle and charity auction as well as the head shaving and hair colouring. I’ve been around to the local businesses, I know a lot of them through my fencing business and farming, and they’ve all been keen to give their support,” Mike said.
Some of the donated goods to be auctioned include:
- A chainsaw (courtesy of Brown Wig, Maffra)
- Animal products (Elders in Maffra)
- Dog and cat products (Gippsland Veterinary Hospital)
- Hardware products (Stratford Hardware)
- Local vegetables (from Malcolm Forsyth and also Mulgowrie Farming Company)
- A huge box of camping gear including gas cookers, lilos, gas fittings and compasses (Stratford BP).
“We’ll do a mail drop around Stratford and the brigade captains involved are taking their sponsorship books out and about with them. The Wellington Shire Mayor Scott Rosetti wants to shave my head – I said that’s OK as long he’s got deep pockets,” said Mike.
“The thing that I’ve told everyone – just come and have fun. Whatever money we raise will be great. The main thing is just getting everyone down to the station for a good night.
“I know Ron Graham has a fair mop of hair but I’m not sure about everyone else. We usually have our red helmets on when we see each other. I think a few of them might be putting fertiliser on their heads so they have more to shave off!”
The Stratford ladies Auxiliary will help run the night and Flawless Hair and Beauty from Stratford will look after the shaving and colouring. The Lions Club will run the barbecue and have offered up Ron Clancy to have his head shaved too.
The shave down will be taking place at the Stratford fire station at 6pm on Friday 15 March and both CFA members and the public are invited.
For more information about World’s Greatest Shave visit worldsgreatestshave.com or click here to donate to the ‘The 7 Bald Captains from Gippsland.