Thursday, June 13, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Clipping For A Cause

With a big heart and a willingness to make a difference, Ashley Reid, the acting manager of operational services for Mackay Hospital and Health Services, volunteered to go under the clippers to bid farewell to his cherished beard. His sacrifice was not merely an act of personal grooming but a powerful gesture in support of Mackay's Ronald McDonald Family Room.

Assisted by Sam from Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia, each stroke of the clippers symbolised not only the shedding of facial hair but also the shedding of burdens for families facing serious illness.

This is the fourth time in eight years that Ashley has embarked on the fundraising challenge and this year had set an ambitious target of $1800, but the generosity of the Mackay Hospital and Health Service staff and the wider community went above and beyond his expectations.

Surpassing his goal, he raised an impressive $2500.

Ashley’s charity page is still open for another week, which means there's still time to contribute to this worthy cause. Every donation, no matter how small, makes a meaningful impact on the lives of ill children and their families, providing them with the care and support they need.

A heartfelt thank you was extended to all who rallied behind Ashley on a Facebook post that read: “Thank you to Mackay HHS staff and community who have generously supported Ash throughout his ‘Shave for kids’ campaign helping raise vital funds for the Ronald McDonald Family Room and seriously ill children and their families when they need it most.”

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Ashley Reid sacrificed his beloved beard after partaking in the ‘Shave for Kids’ campaign, which raised funds for sick children at the Ronald McDonald Family Room. Photo credit: Mackay Hospital and Health Service

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