Harcourt Holmes duo commit to cause

HARCOURT’S Michelle and Garry Holmes can be forgiven for feeling a little light-headed today after lopping their locks yesterday.

Mr and Mrs Holmes pulled out the clippers at the Harcourt Market yesterday in a bid to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.

Their children Patrick, Sean and Caitriona also did their bit for the cause by colouring their hair. Mrs Holmes said a final tally was yet to be calculated but the family had raised more than $700.

“People were donating and buying raffle tickets throughout the day at the market which was good,” she said. “Garry’s done a few things like this before – he’s done Movember twice.

“But we wanted to the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave because we’ve got a family member with leukaemia and it’s something he’ll have to live with for the rest of his life. 

“There’s also been a couple of kids in the community who’ve again, luckily survived, but there’s been so many out there that don’t so we just wanted to do our bit to help.”

The wind picked up a few clumps of Mr Holmes hair during the shave, blowing it into the crowd, causing one woman to laugh and proclaim “we’re all sharing the love”.

As the clippers turned on Mrs Holmes’ waist-long locks, another woman commented “what a brave woman”.

Harcourt Market co-ordinator Jacq Cue said yesterday’s shave was a great event.

She said market stalls were a little down yesterday, with January being a quieter month, but the shave had been a good drawcard for market-goers. The Harcourt Market is held on the third Sunday of the month.

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