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Smooth operator sports new look

Our Millicent-based journalist “Fred” Smith is sporting a new stream-lined look nowadays but for a good reason.

Fred has just registered for the World’s Greatest Shave and shaved his head.

The nationwide stunt each March raises funds for the Leukaemia Foundation and lifts its profile.

The Leukaemia Foundation donates to blood cancer researchers and also has accommodation in the capital cities for temporary stays for country people undergoing treatment and their families.

As a journalist of more than 30 years standing, Fred knows the value of these services for country people.

He took part in the World’s Greatest Shave in 2007 and 2008 and raised about $1500 in total.

“I have written about a number of families from this area who have been well supported by the Leukaemia Foundation as they underwent treatment in Adelaide,” Fred said.

“Not only was accommodation provided but also much practical support such as transport.

“The Leukaemia Foundation people were there to provide moral support as well during the most difficult of times.

“My fundraising stunt this year focusses on selling various bric-a-brac items at a fundraising stall at the Millicent Showgrounds Market on Saturday.

“I have found some bric-a-brac and 100% of the sales will be donated to the Leukaemia Foundation.

“The Millicent Show Society has kindly waived the stall hire fee as a show of support.

“If I reach my target of $400, I will stay bald until Christmas and donate the cost of otherwise regular haircuts over the next nine months.

“If people enquire about my ‘nude nut’, I will be able to tell them about the good work of the Leukaemia Foundation.”

Among the items Fred will offer for sale are a 1931/32 South Australian Jockey Club Member’s Badge for $15, a first edition of Founders and Pioneers of South Australia by A. Grenfell Price for $30 and a replica of a First World War Dead Man’s Penny for $60.

Other bargains will include DVDs for a $1, CDs for 50 cents and lots of books.

The Millicent Showgrounds Market is a valuable money-spinner for the Millicent Show Society and draws many shoppers to Millicent.

Saturday’s market runs from mid-morning until early-afternoon and Fred hopes for a good and generous turn-out.

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