Workers brave leg wax pain

Emily AceSouth Western Times
VideoEthan Shiers had his legs waxed for the World's Greatest Shave on Friday.

IT was a case of a little pain for major gain as Ethan Shiers and Mat Harmer braved a leg wax on Friday to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation as part of the World’s Greatest Shave.

Their commitment to the cause also saw them shave their heads – with Mr Harmer saying goodbye to dreadlocks he had grown for 10 years.

The Geographe machinists raised $3130 for their efforts, with support from the business and their colleagues.

Ethan Shiers has his legs waxed for the World’s Greatest Shave.
Camera IconEthan Shiers has his legs waxed for the World’s Greatest Shave. Credit: South Western Times, Jon Gellweiler

Geographe chief executive officer Sam Hyder was proud of their commitment to the charity and said they were braver than he when it came to the leg wax.

“I don’t know that I could do that, I think I could jump out of a plane but I don’t think I would let anyone wax my legs,” he said.

“As a company we jumped at the chance to get behind the guys.

“Mat had been growing his hair for years – because he was making such a big sacrifice, we wanted to make sure we contributed a significant amount.”

Ethan Shiers gets his legs waxed for the worlds greatest shave.
Camera IconEthan Shiers gets his legs waxed for the worlds greatest shave. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

The participants were prompted to get involved because they both had friends or family who had been affected by the disease.

“I came across a friend who was doing it (the shave) who went through cancer a while ago and I thought it would be good to do something nice,” Mr Shiers said.

“It was amazing how many people wanted to get on board as soon as you give them an opportunity to donate.”

Mat Harmer has his legs waxed as part of the World’s Greatest Shave.
Camera IconMat Harmer has his legs waxed as part of the World’s Greatest Shave. Credit: South Western Times, Jon Gellweiler

Mr Shiers said he was enjoying the feel of his “silky smooth legs” but it was to be the “first and last time I ever get anything waxed”.

Mr Harmer said it was an important cause worth the hairy sacrifice.

Matt Harmer has a full head of dreadlocks as he prepares lunch before the shave.
Camera IconMatt Harmer has a full head of dreadlocks as he prepares lunch before the shave.

“A friend of the family lost someone last year and that struck a chord with me, so I was keen as to jump on board,” he said.

“It was ten years worth of dreads so I am still crying on the inside – I might shed a tear now just thinking about it, but it is all good.

“It was an awesome turn out on the day, which I didn’t expect, but it was great to see everyone get behind it.”

Mat Harmer’s daughter gets used to the new look.
Camera IconMat Harmer’s daughter gets used to the new look.

An extra $300 was raised on the day as their colleagues entered a competition to guess how much Mr Harmer’s hair would weigh once cut off, with the dreadlocks coming in at an impressive 506 grams.

Ethan Shiers prepares for his head to be shaved.
Camera IconEthan Shiers prepares for his head to be shaved.
Ethan Shiers sports his smooth new look.
Camera IconEthan Shiers sports his smooth new look.

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