When Living Choice Kawana Island resident, Margaret Schausberger, announced that she would be taking part in the Leukaemia Foundation’s “World’s Greatest Shave”, little did she know that she would spark a series of “Shaves” within the Living Choice family that have contributed a total of $11,091 to the annual fundraiser.
Margaret shaved her head at the village’s happy hour on 17th March, in support of her husband, Joe, who suffers from multiple myeloma. She was joined by village manager, Russ Dunstan and they raised $2,176.
An article was posted to the Living Choice website and caught the eye of Tim Bentley, General Manager (QLD & NSW Central Coast), while he was waiting to board a plane at Brisbane Airport. He was so impressed with Margaret’s courage that he decided to organise a Shave event at Broadwater Court on 31st March and he convinced fellow General Manager (SA & Sydney), Jason Sack, to also shave for the cause at Fullarton.
Soon, other Living Choice staff and family members were signing up for the Shave event at Broadwater Court, with 100-year-old resident, Geoff Bushnell, playing an important part by starting the hair-cutting. Meanwhile, 10-year-old Jack Gillette, son of Fullarton hairdresser Sharyn Gogel, joined Jason at the Fullarton happy hour event and Living Choice resident, Lorna De Souza, decided to lose her locks at a Morning Tea at Leisure Lea Gardens.
Many residents and staff members donated funds and Living Choice directors, Graham Hobbs and Ian Tregoning, boosted the tally by another $1,000. As at 4th April, the following had been raised:
Margaret Schausberger and Russ Dunstan – $2,176; Lorna De Souza $1,660; Jack Gillette $500; Living Choice team comprising Tim, Peter and Rob Bentley, Jason Sack, John, Jake and Max Elliott, Scott Henry, Josh Montague, Ben Wheeler, Aaron Roberts, Brendan Pulley, Scott Kelman, David and Will Grassby, Ian Mutton, Phil Russell and Mark Cleary $6,755.
It’s not too late to make a donation – see your village manager or donate online at http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/livingchoiceaustralia
Photos by Kevin Bunt, Olga Bednarik, Juliet Morrell and Malo Bhale