Raising funds and awareness for Bowel Cancer Australia in memory of his father, Jamie chose to grow a beard and organised an event in his hometown of Whyalla.
“My Father, Jackie Kirk passed away seven years ago at the young age of 62 from bowel and stomach cancer,” said Jamie.
“He had a very successful career in the Australian amateur Bodybuilding Championships from the late 1980's to the early 2000's. He was crowned Mr SA, 10 times in the SABBA titles (South Australia Body Building Association). He was crowned nine-time Iron Triangle champion in the Masters Division. He also won several IFBB titles (International Federation of Bodybuilding) and competed in the NABBA titles (National Australia Bodybuilding Association), coming away with many podium finishes,” he added.
Jamie rang lots of local businesses and organised a ‘Shave the Beard for Bowel Cancer’ fundraising event at a local Whyalla Hairdressers, Headroom Studio of Hair and Beauty in their brand-new Barbershop.
“Hannah Blayney and the amazing ladies at Headroom agreed to open the Barbershop on a Sunday and donated their skills and precious time to conduct $15 Men's and Kid's haircuts. David Hopkins of Three Chin’s Brewing donated two of his hand brewed craft beer kegs, and poured complimentary beers for all men's haircuts, which was a huge hit with the locals,” said Jamie.
“The team from INATT, (I'm Not Afraid To Talk), a local Non for profit Men's Mental Health organisation came down and cooked up a storm on the BBQ, serving up Snags, Burgers and Soft drinks with all proceeds from the day going toward the event,” he added.
Thanking the Headroom Studio of Hair and Beauty, Three Chins Brewing, INATT, The Westlands Hotel and all the people that helped make his fundraiser possible. Jamie raised a toral of $1265.00 on the day, with a further $1204.00 raised through his GoFundraise online fundraising page.
“A massive shout out to all the people from Whyalla that came down and supported me with this fundraiser and helped to raise funds for Bowel Cancer Australia,” Jamie said.
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