Travelling donations

Travelling donations

The kind hearts of Circular Head have raised more than $7000 for Cancer Council Tasmania. 

Smithton residents Tyrone Morrison and Betty Kay recently held separate fundraisers to support the local Transport to Treatment service. 

What started out as banter between Tyrone and wife Amy spiralled into a fundraising quest with friends last week.

When the Circular Head Giant’s locks started to noticeably grow in length in 2016, he joked he wouldn’t cut his hair until his 30th birthday. That notion became a realistic goal a week out from his milestone when he committed to the chop. 

Tyrone and Amy, with son William, 2, rallied family and friends for support with thousands of dollars flooding in on the Cancer Council’s online donations page. For every $100 raised, Tyrone pledged to trim one centimetre of his locks. 

The birthday celebrations arrived last Saturday and surrounded by mates, Tyrone sat patiently as hairdresser Jayde Birtwistle worked her magic. 

Tyrone’s hair will now go on to be fashioned into a wig for Variety Australia while $4500 in donations will go to the Transport to Treatment service. 

In 2017-18, Transport to Treatment vehicles ventured almost 270,000 kilometres to 3893 appointments around the state – the equivalent of close to seven trips around the world. 

The Cancer Council supports eight vehicles in Tasmania, amounting to up to $15,000 in registration, insurance, maintenance and running costs for each car every year. 

Supporting the local service, Betty and husband Mervyn gave $2700 in donations collected in December.

The hours they spend decorating their Scotchtown home with Christmas lights is worth it as people delight in the atmosphere and donate to a cause.

Betty’s open garden is in memory of late sister Elaine McCulloch, and with sister Lynette Rigler in her thoughts, with the collection going to the Circular Head Relay for Life event in 2017.

Last year, they strung decorations with dear friend Chris Morris in their hearts.

Cancer Council Tasmania’s Phil McCulloch and Anthony Edwards (right) thank locals Chris Morris, Betty Kay, and Tyrone and Amy Morrison with son William, 2, for their generous gestures. Picture: Ashleigh Force.