By Euro Weekly News Media • 15 March 2011 • 9:39
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WHAT began as a bit of banter between two members of the Sierra Golf Society in Balsicas, ended up as a fundraising event of MABS Murcia/Mar Menor. The joint owner of the Lakeview Bar and Restaurant, Alan Currell – who happens to be receding at the front and normally has his head shaved – was challenged by Roger Bowen, who is Vice Captain of the Sierra Golf Society, to grow his hair so that everyone could see what he looked like with a ‘comb-over’.
Alan’s quick retort was that he would do this if Roger had all his hair shaved off.
When Roger started having second thoughts, Dave Higgins – SGS’s Competitions Secretary – stepped in and volunteered to have his head shaved, alongside him, but only if it was for a good cause.
SGS members quickly decided to raise funds for MABS Cancer Support Group in the Murcia region and they set off to obtain sponsorship for the event and the residents of the Sierra Golf development came up trumps, together with members of the Sands Bar Golf Society, of which Roger is a member.
“Cancer is something that we have all had a brush with at some time in our lives, personally or through friends or family,” said Dave “and we know what good work MABS does in Murcia and in all the Costas, so the choice was easy”.
On the fateful day, it must have felt somewhat like ‘pistols at dawn’ as Dave and Roger arrived to bravely face the barber’s chair.
Alan obliged by taking off Roger’s hair with a set of clippers, especially sharpened for the occasion; he cringed as each treasured lock fell to the ground.
Dave Higgins was next in to face the chair and Tony Brown (SGS Secretary) stepped in to act as the ‘Barber of Sierra’.
But their bravery was rewarded by raising the great sum of €250 for MABS and a race night fundraiser planned at the Lakeview Bar soon afterwards which raised a further €211.
Everyone is looking forward to two months time when Alan from the Lakeview will have grown his ‘comb-over’ hairstyle!
“It is amazing how what started out to be a joke has turned into something that will benefit the people that we help in the Murcia region” commented Lyn Baines, MABS Director “I’m looking forward to seeing Alan’s comb-over too!”
MABS Murcia/Mar Menor helps all people in the Murcia/Mar Menor area who are affected by cancer, providing drivers, translators, information leaflets, equipment, a listening ear, or a shoulder to lean on. If you want to volunteer, donate or you need help, you can contact MABS on 693 275 779 or visit their website: www.mabsmurcia.com
By Lyn Baines
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