WORLDS GREATEST SHAVE (2007)
The great majority of our playing members will know that club legend Jim Legoe was diagnosed with leukaemia back in January, others new or less directly connected with the Club may not.
Jim played his 100th game for the Club late last season, and in that and the years before that has been one of the great characters and contributors around the OGFC. His Best Clubman award in 2005 was but a small recognition of the contribution he has made in so many ways to the OGS over a number of years. Following the diagnosis Jim underwent chemotherapy for a month, and after that a similar period out of hospital, putting on weight (thanks to Rosie's cooking). Then about 10 days before Easter Jim underwent a bone marrow transplant (from his brother Henry. This will mean a further period of some weeks in hospital as the transplant takes effect. The support Jim has received from his family and extensive network of friends, including that from members of the OGFC, has been prodigious, and we would like to think the OGS support has in part contributed to the extraordinary and uplifting manner in which Jim has faced the challenges presented.
On Friday 17 February, as a result of this diagnosis, the OGFC was motivated to organise a World's Greatest Shave night down at Como in aid of the Leukaemia Foundation: the event attracted an extraordinary crowd of well over 200 including Jimmy himself for a cameo appearance. With the scissors whirring, a considerable number of people changed their appearance quite dramatically (the Editor, perhaps fortunately, was in Tanzania, but at least he did make a contribution when he got back), and along with some other fundraising activities a pretty astounding amount of money was raised for the Foundation. The following email was sent out by the President Mark Avery a few days after the function, and bears repeating:
A massive thank you to all who came down and supported the Leukaemia Foundation's great shave fundraiser held at Old Geelong Football Club last Friday. The night was a tremendous success. It was also great to have Ian Macdonald, the General Manager of the Leukaemia Foundation speak and give an insight to where the funds raised will go and how it will help families and patients who are affected by Leukaemia.
The highlight of the night was a brief visit made by James Legoe. James was so keen to come and see everyone that he escaped from hospital for a part of the evening. Everyone saw that James was amazed at how well he looked and his upbeat attitude. I know that having so many of his friends and family is assisting in his recovery.
Jim (in the middle if you can't guess) along with Phoebe Connell, Sam Wilson, Rosie Legoe, Annie Legoe, Emma Veale and Bec Melville
I am pleased to announce that the event on the night raied $8000 which is in addition to the on-line donations of around $17000 we have also received. In further great news, Elders in South Australia also called to say that employee donations matched by the company had raised a further $13000. James work friends at UBS also raised a massive amount of money, which was matched by UBS itself to take the total donations from that area to $14000. The grand total of our fundraising efforts to date is an incredible $52000!!! We still expect this figure to grow, as there are some pledges still to be paid and some further contributions yet to hit the system.
This effort is truly amazing and speaks volumes for the significance of the cause as well as the incredible level of support that everyone wanted to give James and his family. I would particularly like to thank the following people / organisations for their efforts in organising, donating prizes or providing auction items:
- Simon O Brien, Jon Malpas, Claire Middleton, Tom Hughes, Nick Stone, Frank Herd
- UBS, where Jimmy works, particularly Rebecca Way and Scott Carmichael
- Elders South Australia, Adelaide, Naracoorte and Lucindale Branches and particularly Felicity Hennesy
- The Suvoltos family, Umpire Peter Pullens, Rob Barton
- The Prahan Football Club, in particular Todd McKay