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Coming clean after hair-raising run

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Cite as: July 2014 88 (07) LIJ, p.14

It’s not many young lawyers who have the distinction of having their beard shaved off by the head of their firm.

That’s what happened to Slater & Gordon medical lawyer Nick Mann at the hands of the firm’s managing director Andrew Grech.

Inspired to raise money for breast cancer research by participating in the Mother’s Day classic, Mr Mann encouraged sponsorship by promising to shave off his beard after the 8-kilometre run around Alexandra Gardens and the Tan Track.

He had hoped to raise $1000 but far exceeded his goal, raising $2000.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that I was able to double the amount of money I wanted to raise, especially as the funds will be used to support vital research into breast cancer,” Mr Mann said.

“My family, friends and Slater & Gordon colleagues all dug deep. I thank them for their generosity, though I suspect some gave a little extra just to ensure I would get rid of the beard.

“I got a lot of gentle ribbing, and not so gentle prodding, from colleagues about my beard over the past few months. I decided it had to go, but not before I raised money for a worthy cause.”

When Mr Grech heard about Mr Mann’s promise to get rid of his beard, he volunteered to shave it off in front of colleagues.

“What took four years to grow, took only 15 minutes to demolish,” said Mr Grech after delivering Mr Mann a new look.

“Slater & Gordon has been a proud sponsor of the Mother’s Day Classic for six years. More than 400 of our staff Australia-wide took part in this year’s event and raised $21,000.

“Slater & Gordon won the award for the largest corporate team in Melbourne in this year’s Mother’s Day Classic” he said.

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