Getting the chop for a close friend

FAMILY EFFORT: Kym Paech, Michael Paech and Carly Colman will be getting the chop and shave to raise money for the Mantle family.

FAMILY EFFORT: Kym Paech, Michael Paech and Carly Colman will be getting the chop and shave to raise money for the Mantle family.

THE community is throwing its support behind a Port Lincoln family who are chopping and shaving their hair to support a local man diagnosed with cancer.

Carly Colman, Michael Paech and Kym Paech have organised the fundraiser ‘Chop and Shave for a Mate so Brave’ to support Andy Mantle and his family.

About nine months ago, Mr Mantle was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer and despite surgery and chemotherapy treatment the family was informed the cancer had spread to his liver.

Mrs Colman, who has been friends with Mr Mantle’s wife Toni for 25 years, said the fundraiser came about after learning about the diagnosis.

“It just hit home quite a bit when we got told about the cancer with Andy,” she said.

“I’ve got really long hair, Andy used to pay me out about taking forever to get ready so I decided to give him a bit of a laugh.”

Mrs Colman said her brother Michael soon offered to shave his hair as well, then her father Kym Paech pledged to shave his moustache, which he has had for about 40 years.

Kym Paech said Mr Mantle was always a good servant to the Boston Football Club and was one of those people who would give and never ask for anything in return.

Collection tins have been provided to local businesses and a My Cause page has been set up, which so far has raised more than $500 toward the $5000 goal.

The Big Chop and Shave fundraising dinner will be on March 18, with Paige Swalue from Natural Skin and Hair Port Lincoln donating her time to do the cutting and shaving.

Mrs Colman said there had already been plenty of support, including from people outside of Port Lincoln.

“From even the surrounding areas people are amazing, they just want to help you,” she said.

Another local has already made the chop in support of the Mantle family with Janessa Dorward shaving her head at the Mantle Family Karaoke Fundraiser at Boston Football Club on Saturday night, which raised more than $3700.

Ms Dorward said she was really affected when she found out about Mr Mantle and wanted to do her part to help.

“I’m overwhelmed by how many have showed their generosity and support.”

Ms Dorward said Marina Ellis, Audrey Davidson and  Andy Epworth deserved thanks, as did Peter and Holly Williams for the karaoke, Shannon Martin for her involvement and local businesses who provided raffle prizes and food.

Tickets to the Big Chop and Shave dinner are $60. To book ring Sharon Braakhuis on 0427 170 120.