Stawell man takes on World's Greatest Shave after two family ordeals with cancer

SUPPORT: Tracey Joiner from TJ's Barber Shop is going through a practice run before she shaves David Brown's hair for the World's Greatest Shave in March. Picture: Anthony Piovesan
SUPPORT: Tracey Joiner from TJ's Barber Shop is going through a practice run before she shaves David Brown's hair for the World's Greatest Shave in March. Picture: Anthony Piovesan

After his brother died from cancer last year, Stawell’s David Brown has signed up to support cancer research by participating in this year’s World’s Greatest Shave. 

It will be his second time doing the shave after his first time was seven years ago. 

“I was at my other brother’s house when the World’s Greatest Shave commercial came on television and I thought I would do it again,” Mr Brown said.

“I want to help other family members with cancer, help leukemia researchers and researchers into other forms of cancer.

“Doing something like this can help save lives and it could be one of your own family members. You never know until one of them is hit with cancer and I did not fully realise this until I went through it with my own family.”

Mr Brown’s mother also experienced a serious health ordeal when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“My mother had breast cancer a number of years ago so I know what it is like to have a family member dealing with cancer,” he said.  

“I have seen what cancer can do to people and how bad it can be.

“Knowing how bad it can affect people I hope to help prevent other family members experiencing this terrible ordeal.”

Doing something like this can help save lives and it could be on of your own family members. You never know until one of them is hit with cancer and I did not fully realise this until I went through it with my own family.”

David Brown

Mr Brown had four sponsors for his campaign and said he never hesitated before deciding to participate. 

“Going bald does not bother me. I am excited to have the full shave which is not what I did last time and so far everyone has been really supportive of me and encouraging me to do it,” he said. 

“I encourage others to join in, it is a great cause and it can really help taking that suffering away from people because no one deserves it.”

Victoria has raised more than $644,000 so far, the second-largest total among Australia’s states and territories.

New South Wales leads with $875,851.

Donations can be made on the World’s Greatest Shave website at www.worldsgreatestshave.com.