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Gloucester Patchwork Group donate quilt for Ian Parks' shave for Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF)

Gloucester Patchwork Group donate a quilt to Ian Parks' fundraiser for cancer research.
Gloucester Patchwork Group donate a quilt to Ian Parks' fundraiser for cancer research.

Ian Parks' fundraiser in honour of his late daughter has struck a chord with the Gloucester Patchwork Group, so they donated a quilt for him to raffle.

His motivation was his daughter Karen, who died from cervical cancer in 2018 at age 42.

As Karen and Ian late wife Eva were both members of the patchwork group, it seemed only fitting for the members to pitch in.

According to group president Judy Hopkins it's important to the organisation to support causes like this one and the group was happy to handover the quilt to help support Ian's fundraiser.

"It's not as colourful as the one's Karen and Eva used to make," Judy smiled.

In fact, Karen was in the middle of making a bright, multi-coloured quilt when she got sick and the members pitched in to finish it off.

Although the beautifully designed raffle quilt doesn't sport the same intensity of colour, all the same love and care has gone into making it.

Ian plans to hold the raffle on the same day he gets shaved at Milady Salon, 58 Church Street around noon on Sunday August 1.

But the date can't come quick enough for Ian, who is struggling with the irritating and rapid hair growth.

I wish I would have done something easy like from from Perth and back.

Ian Parks

"I wish I would have done something easy like from from Perth and back," Ian laughed.

Even though the sheer bulk of his beard and the length of his hair over his ears are driving him crazy, he knows the cause he's doing it for is more than worth it.

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $2 each at I Need Coffee, 69 Church Street, Gloucester or by calling Ian on 0414 582 019. Ian's fundraising goal is $2500 - to help him reach it, you can also donate at shave.acrf.com.au/fundraisers/ianparks.