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AIR FORCE April 1, 2010
WITH GPCAPT Reg Carruthers leading with his head
and heart, RAAF Base Edinburgh raised more than
$5000 for the World's Greatest Shave to raise money
and awareness for leukaemia research.
Five members had their locks shaved on March 13
in front of a whole crowd of witnesses at Adelaide's
annual Clipsal 500 V8 car race.
The idea started in the hallways of Aerospace
Operational Support Group (AOSG), inspired by
WGCDR Martin Nussio's two-year-old son
was diagnosed with leukaemia in January this year,
FLGOFF Abhineet Singh's partner receives regular
treatment of chemotherapy for a similar cancer and
SQNLDR Simon Earl and FLGOFF Melody Earl
recently lost a close family friend to leukaemia.
GPCAPT Carruthers, Commander AOSG, was the
first to step up and offer to shave for the cause.
FLTLT Kirsten Gunn from the Aircraft Research
Development Unit joined the team, promising to clip
eight years of long hair for the noble cause. Matt
Mitchell from AOSG HQ offered to go under the buzz
clippers, then SQNLDR Earl and FLGOFF Singh,
inspired by their peers and personal experiences,
joined Edinburgh's Greatest Shave team.
"This really was a team effort," FLTLT Gunn
said. "The commander kicked things off, but it was
FLGOFF Earl's relentless promotion of the event that
caught my attention and once the crazy idea of joining
in entered my mind, I simply could not think of a good
enough reason not to do it. Sure, I didn't want to shave
my head, but who wants leukaemia?"
It did not take long for word to spread that CDR
AOSG had put a hefty price on his head before the dol-
lars began to roll in. Campaigning began with social club
activities, emailing far and wide; even Facebook was
used to tap into the international networks to raise dollars
and awareness of the activity.
"I knew being bald afterwards would have its own
difficulties, but that it would be nothing compared to
what leukaemia sufferers have to go through," FLTLT
Gunn said. "While hearing about friends and col-
leagues' experiences with leukaemia was heartbreak-
ing, it made it all the more rewarding when the money
started rolling in."
RAAF Base Edinburgh fully embraced the chal-
lenge. A gate collection held days before the shave raised
$1000. Donations came in thick and fast from family and
friends in Australia and overseas, the Air Force Senior
Leadership Team also donated to the cause.
Meanwhile, Industry and Defence members also
got into the act at RAAF Base Richmond.
Australian Aerospace and Lockheed Martin lent the
use of its C-130J Through-Life Support hangar for use
as a temporary barbershop while razors buzzed over
heads for the Leukaemia Foundation. Members of Air
Lift Systems Program Office, 84WG and Headquarters
Air Lift Group were among the volunteers.
GONE: Left, GPCAPT
prepares to lose his
locks at the hands
of FLGOFF Melody
Earl. Right, from left,
SQNLDR Simon Earl,
FLTLT Kirsten Gunn,
Matt Mitchell, FLGOFF
Abhineet Singh and
feel for their once
Photos: SGT Murray Staff
AT RICHMOND: FSGT Chris Moore
gives GPCAPT Mick Brown from Air
Lift Systems Program Office (ALSPO)
a short back and sides.
A COOL CHANGE: SGT Ross
MacDonald from ALSPO gets
to feel the chill on his scalp
following a shave from Australian
Aerospace's Mel Livingston.
Photos: LAC Michael Green
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