The UBS equities team has taken time away from their Bloomberg screens to raise $12,500 for bowel cancer awareness. It was a group effort- and took just a few hours - helped by UBS's head of sales trading Dave Singer initially offering to shave his head (to a number three setting) for $1000. But the total raise exceeded all expectations which meant the stakes were also raised on Dave's shave.
George Kanaan, head of distribution, was tasked with the shaving duties. Getting behind the cause and Bowel Cancer Awareness Month was important to the UBS team, after Kanaan was diagnosed with the illness in May 2012. He subsequently won that battle and is now a Bowel Cancer Australia Ambassador.
UBS Australia recently held a bowel cancer awareness session for more than 100 employees. Kanaan hosted the event and snared his journey of diagnosis and treatment Also speaking at the presentation was Brian McFadyen, director of Bowel Cancer Australia. He noted the importance of raising awareness of symptoms and screening.