As if being deployed on operations over Christmas wasn't enough, two officers on HMAS Success have made another major sacrifice - this time, it was their flowing locks.
Lieutenant Lauren Eggins and Sub Lieutenant Rhian Campbell-McBride bravely shaved their heads to raise funds and awareness about breast cancer.
In less than 60 hours, Able Seaman Brenton Paine managed to convince ship’s company to donate $12,353 to see the ladies face the clippers and there was no going back from there.
The largest donor, Sub Lieutenant Thomas Matthews, who contributed $600, received the honour of cutting off the pony-tails. He invited Chief Petty Officer Robert Hackett, who lost his mother to breast cancer, to assist in the chop.
Once the tresses were gone, work-mates took turns revelling in helping shave Lieutenat Eggins’ and Sub Lieutenant Campbell-McBride’s hair to a 'Number 2' hairdo. Luckily one of the crew, Able Seaman Adam Vairaktaris ,was a professional hair stylist for 13 years before joining the Royal Australian Navy and was on hand to tidy up.
Commanding Officer of Success, Captain Justin Jones, commended the two officers on their courage.
"Well done to our two ship mates, and to the ship’s company for supporting such a worthy cause," he said before the cutting began.
Since the shave, another $1,000 has been donated by the crew of 230.
The shave coincided with the Australia vs India cricket test which holds the Pink Day, dedicated to the McGrath Foundation.
Success is currently in the Middle East Region deployed on Operation MANITOU and far from home, but the team have been tuning in to get regular updates on the score.
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