AMWU Health Safety Rep takes a haircut to fund cancer research
Oct 12, 2011
Health and Safety Rep Peter Rackley is looking for support from fellow AMWU members.
Peter “Snowy” Rackley, a trades assistant working on the desalination plant in Wonthaggi, is hoping to raise $50,000 by going ‘all the way’ when he has his first haircut in 4 years.
The unionist and car racing fanatic, who has grown his hair since 2008, will shave it off next year at Melbourne’s Formula 1 race to raise funds for the Cancer Council of Victoria.
“In my industry I know a lot of blokes who have had cancer. I don’t think there is anybody who hasn’t been touched in one shape or form by cancer.
“My sister has just had 48 weeks of chemo, and a few of my fellow volunteer officials at the Melbourne F1 have had it too. Everyone has been bugging me to cut my hair and my eye brows. I’ve said I’ll do it on the condition that I’m raising money for the Cancer Council.”
Peter hopes he will receive widespread support to raise the money.
“I’d be thrilled to bits if we could reach the $50,000 mark. I want to involve the wider community, so I’ve put the word out amongst the AMWU members and the other workers at the desal project.
“The money is not dedicated to fighting one particular form. We’ve just said that the money can be broken down into the most important areas of funding.”
Peter is no stranger to fund raising efforts. Several years ago he raised $11,500 for a co-worker who suffered bowl cancer.
He said the ‘shave-off’ event, to be held at the volunteer race officials after party, would involve two V8 supercar drivers, one each from Ford and Holden.
“We’re hoping to get the shave off to be filmed so that those who have donated can see the event.”
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