Mum leads by example

Jane Makin is in training for The Ride to Conquer Cancer, while her son Joel (15) is having his golden locks chopped for the Leukaemia Foundation World's Greatest Shaved397034
Jane Makin is in training for The Ride to Conquer Cancer, while her son Joel (15) is having his golden locks chopped for the Leukaemia Foundation World's Greatest Shaved397034

While both Jane Makin and her 15-year-old son Joel are both raising money for the same cause, the pair are doing it in quite different ways.

Mrs Makin will participate in her second Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 200km ride from Perth to the South-West in October. She hopes to raise more than $6000 after attracting $5900 last year.

Joel has a smaller target in mind, hoping to raise $750 by the time he shaves his hair, as a part of the World’s Greatest Shave.

‘I wanted to do the ride in memory of my father who passed away in 2010 after battling cancer,’ Mrs Makin said.

‘Last year I did the ride by myself, but this year I am doing it in a team. Some people are doing the ride because they have been personally touched by cancer; others are doing it because they know the disease is so prevalent.’

‘It is such an amazing feeling, to know that the money you have raised is doing something really worthwhile.’

Mrs Makin said she was surprised when Joel decided to shave his head.

‘About a month ago, Joel told me out of the blue that he would like to get involved,’ she said.

‘His hair is quite long so it will be a quite a change.’

Joel has raised $550 so far towards cancer research. He will dye his hair blue before shaving it off later this month.