Data#3’s Virtual Shave-Off Raises $14,500 for the Leukaemia Foundation (+24 photos)

Data#3’s Virtual Shave-Off Raises $14,500 for the Leukaemia Foundation (+24 photos)

Executives and employees across six states simultaneously colour and shave in live video conference

Data#3 staff across six states, recently gathered together to raise $14,500 for the Leukaemia Foundation in a virtual shave off.

Thirteen staff across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania, coloured or shaved their hair to raise money for the charity.

The cross-state action was enjoyed by all as video conferencing technology was used to bring everyone from the Data#3 family together.

Leukaemia Foundation business partnerships officer, Lynsey Green, gave an introduction to the event, detailing the purpose of the foundation, and why donations are essential in order to carry out their work.

Green explained that The Leukaemia Foundation is Australia’s peak body for blood cancer, funding research, providing free services to support people with blood cancers and related blood disorders, and their families. As it receives no ongoing government funding, the organisation relies solely on the support of the community.

Data#3 chief executive, Laurence Baynham, and general manager for NSW and ACT, Paul Crouch, both shaved their hair off completely.

Baynham also auctioned off the right to shave his head, and the job was won for a donation of $1000. For a small moment in time, Baynham was even spotted sporting a humorous Mohawk!

Baynham explained he was eager to take part, and put himself forward for many reasons.

“The Leukaemia Foundation is an extremely worthy cause, and one that I have supported for a number of years,” he said.

“The Data#3 family has experienced first-hand the impact of this disease, and as such, I wanted to do something to help. A close friend of mine was also recently diagnosed with Leukaemia, and is currently undergoing chemo. I personally wanted to show my support during this difficult time.”

Crouch echoed Baynham and said, “This is an illness that has touched people in our office both directly and indirectly. I felt this was the right thing for me to do and I was eager to support the foundation given the great work they do. A fantastic amount was raised, we all had good fun, and I managed to get a free haircut in the process – it’s a wonderful result from a fun and meaningful activity.”

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