What made you decide to participate in the World’s Greatest Shave?
Initially, I was growing my hair and beard for fun because it was my last semester at university and I thought… why not? After a couple of months, I was copping some flak from the guys asking me when I was going to have a haircut. So I told them I’d give it the chop at the end of the year. I then realised that Shave for a Cure wasn’t too far away, so I decided I would keep growing my hair until then and make it for a worthy cause.
What number shave did you do?
I went a ‘no blade’ all over.
Did you experience any nervous moments when your colleagues took control of the clippers?
No, not really. There was some talk about shaving me with a cut-throat razor – that got me pretty nervous! But other than that I was pretty confident that all would go smoothly.
How long did it take for you to get your hair (and beard) to this length?
My last official haircut was in June 2015. I started growing my beard around July 2015. I did trim my beard and hair a couple of times during this period to try and keep it ‘respectable’, but I let it run wild for the last 3 months or so.
How does it feel now that your hair (and beard) has gone?
Pretty great, no more hassle of drying it or keeping it out of my face and it’s nice to feel the wind again without my hair going everywhere.
How did you raise the money?
The money was raised through a combination of ‘word of mouth’, email and Facebook. The idea was to get as many work colleagues, friends and family to contribute as much as possible while also raising awareness about Leukaemia and the awesome things the Leukemia Foundation is doing for people diagnosed with it.
Any tips for people considering taking the plunge next year?
Start as early as you can to get the most out of it. A guy with long hair and/or a big beard is always a talking point. Either with people admiring it or threatening to chop it off. Lastly, just have fun with it; your hair and/or beard will grow back and any awareness and money raised will go a long way for a very good cause.
Why did you label your fundraising campaign ‘EggHeads’?
I think Dan (Daniel Goodbun) came up with the name. I’m pretty sure he said something along the lines of “our heads are going to look like eggs when we get shaved”. So I thought it would be amusing to run with it as our team name.
Gordon Lawrence with his fellow EggHead Dan Goodbun.
The Leukaemia Foundation is Australia’s peak body for blood cancer, funding research and providing free services to support people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders, and their families. For more information visit leukaemia.org.au or worldsgreatestshave.com.