United Industries Brave the Shave

The Akarana Timbers team is all ready for their big fundraiser tomorrow. Photo supplied

Local company Akarana Timbers and its parent group United Industries (UIL) are about to Brave the Shave.

On Daffodil Day tomorrow (August 31) a team at Akarana Timbers in Trugood Drive in Burswood, will step forward to have their heads shaved.

Ben Hammond, group health & safety manager at UIL, said the funds raised from this event as well as other donations raised by employees within the UIL group of companies across New Zealand will boost the Cancer Society’s work that is helping to lift the cancer survival rate for Kiwis.

As of last week, staff had raised more than $22,000 with UIL matching what staff have come up with.

The head shaving, live auction and celebration of the fundraising efforts of the Akarana team takes place at their Trugood Drive premises tomorrow afternoon.

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

“Across the country we would have over 30 staff that I know of shaving their heads with 10 here at Akarana. Our UIL receptionist is doing a skydive, a cancer society fundraising promotion called “Jump for Cancer”

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

Hammond said the project was put together to promote health engagement with the workforce with the added bonus of giving the Cancer Society a funding boost.

“It has received a massive amount of support from our employees, their families, mates and business partners,” said Hammond.

“Tomorrow’s event is the finale where we hope to get the final fundraising push to the finish line with the auction and head shaving.

“Everyone is welcome and we would love any additional support – everything fundraised goes to the Cancer Society.

Brave the Shave

  • August 31 – Daffodil Day
  • 28 Trugood Drive – Akarana Timbers
  • 2pm head shaving starts
  • 3pm live auction begins
  • All funds go to the Cancer Society
  • Contact Ben 027 8367468