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April 12, 2012
NAVY personnel from around the
country have streamlined their
appearances in a case of "hair today,
gone tomorrow" to add to the fun-
draising efforts of the Leukaemia
Foundation's World's Greatest
Shave and the Global Arms Safe
At HMAS Stirling, several
members of the Joint Logistics
Unit-West shed more than their
inhibitions and went bald.
The unit (which re-named itself
the Fleet Logistics Shaving Unit
for the activity) shaved, dyed and
waxed 12 willing volunteers to raise
more than $6500 for the charity.
Other team members contributed to
the haul by bidding for the right to
wield the clippers.
It was a close shave for the
unit's Commanding Officer CMDR
Craig Opie, who narrowly avoided
the razor gang and instead opted
to allow his crew to dye his hair
(beard included) in the colours of
his beloved Collingwood.
"This activity has not only
raised a large amount of money for
an important cause, but has also
brought us even closer together as a
unit," CMDR Opie said.
There was nothing cut-and-dry
about the shaving evolution, as clip-
pers took on a life of their own and
hair was enthusiastically removed
with no consideration for hairdress-
ABSN Renee Adams admitted
to being nervous before losing her
golden locks. "I have never had my
hair this short before so I was excit-
ed to see how it would turn out."
The unit's World's Greatest
Shave participants included family
members and public servants. Team
captain LS Kerry Cousins said she
was pleased with the result.
"This money will go to a really
good cause. It's a great achieve-
ment, not only by the team who had
the courage to participate, but also
by everyone who showed their sup-
port financially," she said.
The team members were:
CMDR Craig Opie, SBLT Jake
Williams, LS Kerry Cousins, LS
Louisa Seyde, AB Renee Adams,
AB Scott Partington, CPO Chris
Harmer, Tom and Georgia Opie,
Kat Smit, Robert Auzner and
At HMAS Cairns, 12 brave
members of the ship's company are
now sporting "shiny spots" as they
raised more than $1000.
Event coordinator CPO Rod
Brennan said he didn't realise how
many families were affected by this
disease each day.
"Not only does the Leukaemia
Foundation donate millions of dol-
lars towards finding a cure, but the
support they provide eases both the
financial and emotional burden on
affected families," he said.
Meanwhile in Sydney, the
shave drew donations from more
than 50 sailors and officers includ-
ing the Commander Australian
Fleet, RADM Tim Barrett, during a
morning tea at HMAS Kuttabul on
RADM Barrett and Surface
Force Support personnel donated
more than $500 to raise money for
a safe house operated by a not-for-
profit non-government organisation
on the Thai-Burmese border that
Navy civilian employee Mechelle
Moore has sponsored for the past
Ms Moore said the money raised
would provide refuge for some
children to escape the vicious sex
"The sale of my long hair to
the Cancer Council will raise some
money for the safe-house that will
feed children," Ms Moore said.
To date, just under $2000 has
been donated through independent
contributions and the morning tea.
Donations can be made to the Global
Arms Safe House by contacting
Mechelle Moore at mechelle.moore81@
CLOSE SHAVE: CO of HMAS
Coonawarra CMDR Ben Favelle
has his hair coloured, and finally
shaved, by LSWTR Andrea Murphy.
Photo: AB James Whittle
BLACK AND WHITE: CO of Joint Logistics Unit-West CMDR Craig Opie with
AB Renee Adams, right, and Candice Guelf, alters the rules somewhat for the
World's Greatest Shave.
Photo: ABIS Morgana Ramsey
CLEAN CUT: HMAS Cairns personnel show off their new looks after shaving and/or colouring their
hair to raise more than $1000.
cancer affects more
than ovarian, cervical
and uterine cancer
combined. As part of
the foundation is
asking people to share
this statistic with at
least one person to
help raise awareness
of the impact of
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