March 13, 2019
Cherbourg’s award-winning Junior Police Rangers have joined in the fun – and fundraising – for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.
Cherbourg Police Station admin officer Louise Thompson said 25 of the youngsters gathered in the grounds of Cherbourg Radio on Wednesday for the event.
Murgon hairdresser Gina Oberle was kept busy cutting hair, shaving and colouring.
Wakka Wakka elder Uncle Eric Law, who has been a part of the Junior Police Rangers program from the beginning, lost his locks while local police officer, Acting Senior Constable Aaron Hartwell, ended up sporting some multi-coloured hair.
Uncle Eric said the Junior Police Rangers focused on three important issues: Attending school every day, learning about Indigenous culture, and being good citizens.
“We talked about Shave For A Cure as part of being good citizens and they wanted to do it,” Uncle Eric said.
He said the group had set itself a conservative target of raising $500 for the charity.
The children were aiming to do this by selling raffle tickets during the next week.
The prize is an autographed and framed Legends of League jersey.
The Cherbourg Junior Police Rangers began in July 2011 with the induction of the first 26 children into the program, aged between 9 and 12.
The program aims to create positive role models and instil a sense of community spirit and pride in participants.
In 2012, it won a Police Service Award for Excellence and in 2015 were finalists in the Queensland Reconciliation Awards.
Another local radio station will be hosting a World’s Greatest Shave event this week.
CROW-FM and Alicia Pigeon will be shaving and colouring hair from 11:00am to 2:00pm on Friday outside Mark Smith’s Menswear in Murgon.