Bell Gully is home to more than 20 freshly shaved bald heads after a record fundraising event to support New Zealanders with leukaemia.
For the fourth year in a row the firm has taken part in the Leukaemia & Blood Foundation's Shave for a Cure in which volunteers have their heads shaved and raise money through the generosity of family, friends and colleagues.
Today in Auckland and Wellington, 25 participants had their heads shaved or dyed in Shave 08. The result - Bell Gully and its generous supporters raised a record firm total of almost $38,000.
The event was run as a challenge between lawyers and accountants – Bell Gully vs PricewaterhouseCoopers. In Auckland the challenge was extended to a Battle of the Buildings between Bell Gully and its fellow tenants of the Vero Centre and PricewaterhouseCoopers and its tower tenants. While the lawyers got out to a quick head start the cash-handling cunning of the accountants gave them victory in the end. In total the events raised around $117,000.
The funds raised by Shave for a Cure are put to invaluable use by the Leukaemia & Blood Foundation (LBF) in its work with the many New Zealand families affected by blood cancers. Each day around the country, six children and adults are diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood condition. LBF relies solely on donations to provide support services for patients and their families.
For many of the Bell Gully shavees and their supporters it was a chance to honour and contribute to friends, family and colleagues who have been affected personally by leukaemia. Shaving shows empathy for those who lose their hair while under treatment.
Senior partner David McGregor, who led the firm's shave effort and received a close crop himself, extends heartfelt thanks on behalf of Bell Gully to all those who took part and contributed to Shave 08.
Thank you to Stephen Fleming and James Elliott who gave their time to MC the Wellington and Auckland shave events respectively and to the Cut Above Academy, Top Half Salon and George Janis Queens Wharf for generously donating their hairdressing skills to the event.
Bell Gully's Shave 08 Roll of Shaving or Colouring Honour is:
Bernie De Klerk