When Paul Simm’s sister was at her lowest, Shepparton’s Marian Community was there to help get her back on her feet.
‘‘My sister caught her partner on ice and he tried to kill her,’’ Mr Simm said.
‘‘Luckily, a friend was there at the time and called the police... he was locked up for a long time.
‘‘She had a restraining order against him, but the Marian Community were really helpful buying her a Bsafe alarm.’’
The Bsafe alarm was created by Wangaratta-based Women’s Health Goulburn North East health clinic.
‘‘The discreet alarm system is used by women who have an intervention order against a violent ex-partner to alert authorities they are in danger,’’ Mr Simm said.
‘‘Marian Community also helped a close friend of mine who experienced domestic violence to find a house.
‘‘So it’s a community organisation that is close to my heart.’’
In an effort to raise awareness and money to continue the great work the organisation does, Mr Simm will shave his hair next month.
‘‘Mum has always done a lot of charity, so I suppose it is in my blood,’’ he said. ‘‘I’ve had this hair style since I was about 15 and was thinking about shave for a cure, but I wanted to support something local.
‘‘The money will go towards the Marian Community because their Bsafe alarms cost up to $1350, so hopefully I can raise enough to buy one.’’
Mr Simm plans to send his hair to be made into a wig for a person who has lost theirs because of cancer and he will collect donations for his shave for the Marian Community.
‘‘I’ve also got a bit of a raffle I’m running to raise money with prizes on offer including a massage, voucher and coffee and cake,’’ he said.
‘‘So people can buy tickets from the hairdressers, Hairpinz, located on Parker St, Shepparton, up until the shave.’’
Mr Simm’s hair will be shaved at Fiore’s Bakery and Cafe on Vaughan St, Shepparton, on Saturday, August 26, at 11.15am.
To donate to Mr Simm’s cause visit: gofundme.com/pauls-shave-for-women-in-need