Charity event is a cut above
WORKING non-stop for 24 hours was no drama for a handful of Ipswich barbers - especially when they knew their hard work was for a good cause.
With a constant line-up of customers out their front door, staff from Johnny Voodoo's Barber Shop in Camira cut and shaved people's heads and beards as part of their cut-a-thon to raise money for Mater Little Miracles.
The event raised close to $11,000, which the Mater will use to buy equipment and fund research to improve the lives of sick and premature babies.
Johnny Voodoo owner Evan Marshall said he was "blown away" by the number of people who supported their cause.
"We had 20 people lining up before we even opened, and that line kept growing all day," Mr Marshall said.
"Even in the early hours of the morning, we still had people coming down.
"I never ever thought we would raise this much money. I thought we would only raise around $5000.
"But to do the final tally up and find it was more than $10,000, that was an incredible feeling."
He now hopes to make this an annual event.
"This is one cause which we passionately believe in, so we will be discussing plans to host a similar type of event next year," Mr Marshall said.
"We have already set an incredible bench mark which we will try to double next time."
Mater Miracles Foundation chief operating officer Vincent McFarlane thanked Johnny Voodoo's for their support
"It's fantastic to see local business and communities working together to support Mater Little Miracles," he said.
"Funds raised from the event will support Mater's research programs to help our state's most vulnerable babies get the best possible start to life."
One person who has experienced firsthand the good work Mater Little Miracles do is Springfield Lakes mum Amy James, who was also at the cut-a-thon.
Her son Alexander was born with his large, vital organs on the outside of his stomach.
"When Alex was born, the Mater Miracles Foundation was a wonderful help to my son and my family," Mrs James said.
"I know the wonderful work these people do, so anytime there is a fundraiser, we are there to help raise money and spread the word about the work they do."