Hair goes for a great cause

There was a good crowd at Akarana Timbers in Burswood on Friday to support those getting their heads shaved

Burswood company Akarana Timbers and its sister and parent companies have raised more than $35,000 at its Brave the Shave fundraiser on Daffodil Day on Friday.

Akarana Timbers and associated companies and colleagues raised more than $13,900 which was matched by parent company United Industries (UIL)for a total $27,818.56.

The amount was bolstered by other contributions amounting to more than $7100.

A number of staff members stepped forward to have their heads shaved for the cause.

Today at 11am the company will hand over a cheque to Cancer Society team at UIL office.

Ben Hammond, group Health and Safety manager at UIL, said the funds raised will boost the Cancer Society’s work that is helping to lift the cancer survival rate for Kiwis.

“The group has companies of various sizes from Whangarei all the way to Cromwell,” said Hammond.

“Across the country we had over 30 staff shaving their heads with 10 here at Akarana. Our UIL receptionist Leah did a skydive, a cancer society fundraising promotion called “Jump for Cancer”

“There are six staff at Reofab and Metalcraft Christchurch who shaved their heads on Friday and another group at Metal Line North Shore and Metalcraft Whangarei also.

Brave The Shave – the tally so far

$12,634.51 UIL
$265 Offline Metal Line Auckland Staff
$1009.77 Leah – Jump for Cancer
$13,909.28 Staff total
$13,909.28 UIL matching total
$27,818.56 Total

Other contributors to fundraiser
$3245 Akarana auction total
$1000 Red Stag Akarana business partner donation
$2247.88 Eurocell Akarana business partner donation
$702.43 Tim Russell – supporter of the UIL event and head shaver (not a UIL employee)
$7195.31 Akarana event total$35,013.87 UIL/Akarana Total (not including coin / cash donation from buckets sent out to all the UIL branches)

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