On Friday 13 March, Murrindindi Shire Council Mayor Leigh Dunscombe took part in the ‘World’s Greatest Shave’, by shaving the head of Middle Kinglake Primary School student, Robert Atkins.
Robert took park in the World’s Greatest Shave event to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation, a charity that aims to cure and conquer every type of blood cancer. With an original goal to raise $100, he quickly surpassed it and raised a total of $1,317.98.
Mayor Dunscombe surprised Robert by presenting him with a personal donation and one from Council staff. He said he was honoured to support Robert’s ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ cause.
‘Robert should be very proud of himself. He made an outstanding effort to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation and that contribution which will help regional families cover the cost of accommodation while receiving treatment.
‘The World’s Greatest Shave is an important initiative because Australian men, women and children are diagnosed with blood cancer daily, and the numbers are increasing. Blood cancer is one of the top 4 most frequently diagnosed cancers and is one of the leading causes of death by cancer in our country.
‘I know Robert is excited that he is able to make a difference to the lives of people affected by this type of cancer. His passion for the cause is infectious and it gave everyone who attended the event, the warm and fuzzies.
‘The students and teachers at Middle Kinglake Primary School also deserve a huge shout out. Together they managed to raise $90 as part of their ‘crazy hair day’. They also coordinated an amazing event that brought the whole school together.
‘Robert is in for a chilly couple of months, while he waits for his hair to grow back. I would have offered for him to shave mine, but as most of you know I’m a bit lacking in that department’, Mayor Dunscombe added cheerfully.