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Locks, whiskers go for good cause
Theodore Merkoureas, 24, of Hawker, has raised more than $7000 for Camp Quality by shaving his long hair and beard. Inset: Before
Photo: Melissa Adams
It s said men shave their beards
only for the joy of growing them
However, judging by the way
Theodore Merkoureas face lit up
when he spoke about the $7252 he
raised for children living with
cancer, that would be untrue.
Just weeks ago, his now bald and
beardless head was covered with
locks and whiskers he had been
growing for up to five years.
However, the 24-year-old had
also grown extremely passionate
about volunteering with charity
It supports cancer sufferers aged
up to 13, and runs a range of
The Hawker man began
attending the camps two years ago
after being inspired by his cousin,
who had cancer.
I ve always liked giving to
charity, the feeling of giving
something back. But once I did one
camp, that was it--Iwashooked,
I m smiling even now. When
you see what the organisation does
for these families firsthand, it is
what really makes you want to do
things like this.
In April last year, he became
determined to help more.
Mr Merkoureas set himself the
goal of raising $7000 by New
Year s Eve.
He chose that night because he d
planned to hold a Viking-themed
New Year s Eve party and his
hairstyle often attracted the
nickname Ragnar, a character from
the Vikings TV show.
So he set up his target on the
everydayhero fundraising page and
planned to shave his long hair
regardless of the amount raised. By
the unlikely chance that he met
his goal, his beloved beard would
By December 31, he had raised
$4000 and his hair was gone.
But, of course -- because I
wanted to keep my beard -- we
made $7000 [by January 4], he
So we shaved the beard.
He was overwhelmed when he
received $3000 in the last two days,
largely thanks to a generous
anonymous donation of $2000, as
well as profit kindly handed over
from his cousin s business.
Mr Merkoureas was grateful for
the incredible support.
He said sending children to
camp cost a lot more than most
people would expect.
Having like 40 or 50 kids at a
venue, accommodation fees would
be about $10,000, and then there is
all the things we run, he said.
It s not a cheap thing to do and
that s why fundraisers are so good
for charities like this.
To donate, visit fundraising-
theomerkoureas/ before January 28
NEW YEAR VIOLENCE
Police charge man
Megan Gorrey and Alexandra Back
Police have charged a 20-year-old Braddon man
in relation to an alleged one-punch attack on
another man in Civic early on New Years Day.
On Friday, ACT Policing released disturbing
footage of the alleged assault outside the East
Row Supa 24 convenience store shortly before
3am on January 1.
ACT Policing charged the Braddon man on
Friday night after he had earlier handed himself
He was released on bail and is to appear in the
ACT Magistrates Court on January 15 facing a
charge of recklessly inflicting grievous bodily
The Canberra man whose jaw was shattered in
the alleged attack said he was surprised he was
still alive after he was knocked to the ground
during New Year s celebrations in Civic.
The man said he was stressed, in constant pain
and hadn t been able to eat or sleep since he
underwent emergency surgery for a broken jaw he
suffered in the incident.
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