James honours uncle's memory
WHETHER they faced the spray cans or the clippers, hundreds of Ipswich residents showed their support for World's Greatest Shave during the weekend.
Among those braving a close shave at Orion Springfield on Saturday was James Stevens, 12.
Mum Anita Hughes said her son had taken part to honour the memory of his uncle Miles, 44, who was diagnosed with the disease early last year and lost his battle on December 12.
“He lived in Mareeba and had to come down to Brisbane for treatment,” Mrs Hughes said.
“The fact that his uncle had to travel so far and be away from his family, he felt he wanted to raise money to enable people to be closer to their family.”
The Goodna resident said while she was worried the act would cause her son problems at school, he had been determined to go ahead with it.
“We are very proud of him,” Mrs Hughes said.
“He has a very big heart.”
Mrs Hughes said her son had doorknocked homes in the suburb and fundraised at his school, Goodna State School.
She said together he and his sister Katherine, 10, who coloured her hair, hoped to raise about $400 for the cause.
Leukemia Foundation of Queensland CEO Peter Johnstone said World's Greatest Shave started on Thursday, with major events also held at Riverlink and Booval Fair on Saturday.
Mr Johnstone said more than 700 registrations had been lodged in Ipswich this year, with 35% of those shaving women.
“We thought with the floods people might be doing it tough, but the generosity of Queens- landers blows you away each year,” Mr Johnstone said.
He said the organisation was well on its way to achieving its statewide target of $3.5 million.
Among those shaving at Riverlink on Saturday was 84-year-old Lillian Franklin, with 49-year-old daughter Dawn Rayner colouring her hair.
Mrs Rayner said her mum survived two bouts of cancer and five major surgeries.