Locks lopped in aid of CanAssist

Locks lopped in aid of CanAssist

Bupa resident Mavis Bridle is the fairest of them all.
Bupa resident Mavis Bridle is the fairest of them all.

Bupa Aged Care Tumut hosted a head shaving on Saturday, in order to raise money for regional cancer charity Can Assist.

Mavis Bridle and Geoff Kelly, both residents of Bupa, shaved their heads, and for Mavis the event had a special significance.

Her daughter Helen Symes was diagnosed with breast cancer in March.

Helen said her mother’s decision to shave her head meant the world to her.

“It’s a great support, mum has been a fantastic support for me,” Helen said. “It’s just great knowing I’ve got the support here. Can Assist have been helping me – hopefully she raised a lot of money today.”

The money raised will be going towards Can Assist in Leeton, where Helen lives and receives help from the local branch.

Mavis Bridle shaved her head in support of her daughter Helen Symes.
Mavis Bridle shaved her head in support of her daughter Helen Symes.

The charity provides assistance to cancer sufferers and their families in regional areas who often have to travel long distances to receive treatment.

Tumut High School fundraised for the local branch of the vital service for their muck up day, and Helen said a similar effort took place in Leeton.

“They raised over $6000,” she said of Leeton’s year twelves.

“Three had a head shave, one had a head shave and a leg wax and one just had a leg wax – three of those were blokes, and [my minster’s daughter] was the only girl. I actually told him mum was doing a head shave today and he gave me some money.”

Mavis and Geoff raised $715.32, as well as providing some Saturday morning entertainment for the Bupa staff and residents – who had nothing but compliments for their new looks.

Geoff Kelly said goodbye to his hair.
Geoff Kelly said goodbye to his hair.

Bupa Recreational Activities Officer Tania Skeers said she was blown away by how much had been raised.

“It’s amazing! When I heard that I had to sit down on my bed!” she said. [The day] was wonderful. Mavis is really proud. I just applied some moisturising cream on her head!”

Can Assist say it can cost a country family up to five times more to access cancer treatment than a city family.

They have over 50 branches in NSW, including Tumut and Leeton.