Workers’ cancer fundraiser exceeds $20,000

AKD Softwoods employees including AKD chief Shane Vicary, front third from left, shaved or coloured their hair for a cancer fundraiser. Colac Otway Shire Council chief executive officer Sue Wilkinson and members of Colac’s police and fire brigade were also involved in the fundraiser, which raised more than $20,000.

AKD Softwoods employees including AKD chief Shane Vicary, front third from left, shaved or coloured their hair for a cancer fundraiser. Colac Otway Shire Council chief executive officer Sue Wilkinson and members of Colac’s police and fire brigade were also involved in the fundraiser, which raised more than $20,000.

COLAC AKD employees have raised more than $20,000 for a cancer charity by shaving or colouring their hair.

AKD Softwoods chief Shane Vicary was among participants of a World’s Greatest Shave event at the Colac business.

Mr Vicary said employees exceeded their fundraising target with help from customers, suppliers and the Colac community.

“We set a target of $5000 originally and it looks like we’ll probably go past $20,000 at this stage,” he said.

“We’ve had fantastic support from suppliers, customers and Colac residents.

“We’ve raised over $6000 from third parties and AKD has put in a sizeable contribution as well.”

Colac Otway Shire Council chief Sue Wilkinson, Colac police Sergeant John Digby and Colac Fire Brigade captain Gary De Vercelli were among people involved with the event on Friday.

Mr Vicary said the death of employees including Donna Russek to cancer last year inspired the AKD team to get behind the cause.

“It’s a great cause to get behind and in the last couple of years we’ve lost some employees to cancer,” he said.

“It’s amazing how willing people are to get involved; it’s been fantastic and a lot of fun.

“The guys have been fundraising and organising different events to support it and I think they’re pretty happy to see me get my head shaved as well,” he said.

Colac hairdressers including Chessy Daffy Hairdressing, Sarah Oborne, Elisha Currer and La Grista Hair donated their services to the event.

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