Close shave for Peter
HAIR grows back, but limbs and lives don’t.
That is the belief of former air force employee Peter Worthing- ton, who feels for all the men and women who are killed or maimed in combat around the world.
“Together we can create change,” Mr Worthington said.
It has been two decades since the caring Lockyer Valley resident asked to be discharged from the air force.
It has also been 20 years since he shaved his beard or cut his hair.
But that all changed last week when Mr Worthington made the decision to shave his hair to raise money for Legacy – a support group dedicated to working with widows and dependants of service personnel who have died or been seriously injured.
“Legacy has always looked after the welfare of families of those in the service, and I’m doing this to raise more awareness for the public about Legacy,” Mr Worthington said.
“More and more people are dying in Afghanistan and something needs to be done.
“I have a lot of extended family in the service and this is me doing my bit to help.”
Staff at Mr Worthington’s employer, Nolans, gathered at its head office in Gatton last Monday to support their colleague in his shave.
“I used to shave every day and get a haircut every two to three weeks until I left the air force, and then I stopped,” he said.
Nolan’s Transport general manager Greg Jaques said Mr Worthington’s efforts raised $2776.40 for Legacy.
“Pete’s a long-term employee, and after 20 years in the RAAF he grew a beard and ponytail for the same period of time, so we are making a celebration for charity,” Mr Jaques said.