THE GUYS who work on the drilling crews at the Cadia East project are set to break some records in more ways than one.
Next month 33 workers will see their beards and locks fall to the ground in a shave-off to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation as part of the World’s Greatest Shave.
The workers who are the biggest group at the mine ever to commit to a headshave, say they are inspired by the courage of one of their workmates Rob McGregor who is being treated for leukaemia.
Aaron Wilson who works at the mine as a drilling co-ordinator on the Cadia Valley East projecrt first put the word out about fundraising via a headshave a few weeks ago.
He says the response has been overwhelming.
“At first I was absolutely amazed we raised $5000 through sponsorship in a short time and now it has gone up to $10,000 and we’re still fundraising,” he said.
Mr Wilson said the workers are encouraged by Cadia Valley Operations’ commitment to donating a dollar to match every dollar raised through sponsorship by staff members taking part in the shave off.
“This is part of our usual commitment as part of our community involvement
“The the guys are to be congratulated on their efforts,” said mine spokesperson, Nedra Burns.
Mr Wilson said as so many workers have volunteered for the head shave the sessions have been divided into two nights to be held at the Great Western Hotel. The first group will have their heads shaved on Friday, March 15 at 5pm and the second group on March 21.
Canobolas Hotel barber Lindsay Totman has volunteered his services to shave heads and beards.