Flourish Australia gives back for World's Greatest Shave

COMMUNITY: Greg Unwin, Justin McKenna and Rebecca Smith have come together to dye and cut their hair for the World's Greatest Shave. Photo: Mariam Koslay.
COMMUNITY: Greg Unwin, Justin McKenna and Rebecca Smith have come together to dye and cut their hair for the World's Greatest Shave. Photo: Mariam Koslay.

Five hundred and seventy dollars can support a person undergoing Leukemia treatment for a week.

After learning this, a group of like-minded community members decided to shave and colour their hair for the World’s Greatest Shave.

Justin McKenna, has always donated to the cause but decided he wanted to do more when a friend approached him with the idea.

He is dying his hair electric blue and purple, bright colours to make a statement. 

“If we can help anyone, even just one family, that is a great thing,” Mr McKenna said. 

“The feeling when you have achieved something, makes you feel good.”

For Greg Unwin, who shaved his hair bald, he said it was easy to do. 

“I won’t miss my hair.” 

Led by Flourish Australia peer worker Rebecca Smith, organisations who have supported include Australian Red Cross, First National Real Estate, Angus Taylor’s office, the blood bank and users of the McDermott Centre. 

The group, which has raised more than $400 in a week, plan to reach their goal of $570 soon through their advocacy.

“We called out to people who access the service to get involved,” Goulburn manager Krystal Fitzsimmons said. 

“Through this we support each other and become valued members of the community.” 

Flourish Australia supports individuals with mental health and wellbeing in the community.