Jill Dawson

Bald and Beautiful Brave Shave

Together we can save lives.

I have decided to fundraise for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. The Perkins conducts innovative research into the diseases that rob us of our loved ones.

Established in 1998, the Perkins have grown to become one of the nation’s leading medical research centres, where a close knit team of more than 450 research and trial staff work together to defeat the major diseases that impact our community – diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and rare genetic diseases.

Like everyone at the Perkins, I am driven by a desire to keep families together for longer, but I cannot do it alone. Please help me get to my fundraising target to support Perkins' researchers life-saving work. Please share this link with your networks and every little bit counts.

Thank you so much for your support.

Service Above Self - what does it really mean?

Service Above Self | Rotary International's motto is not easily achieved.  The truth is, whenever you have the opportunity to participate in an event to raise funds or serve others, we still win.  We are still rewarded and we feel great about what we are doing.  So not really above self... the self still receives. 

The Brave Shave is so special as we really have an opportunity to raise funds which will be 100% directed to an Institution which will put those dollars to work in the advancement of medical technology and treatment plans. 

I am a beneficiary of modern medicine.  Earlier this year I was diagnosed with an unusual cancer for women, one that was aggressive and required radical surgery.  To the best of my knowledge, there is one surgeon only in Western Australia and very few women who have had the surgery.  It is cutting edge, an unknown outcome... but I am alive, well and extremely lucky.  

It is important to me that I am able to pass on my good fortune to others by raising funds that may provide the breakthrough which will help them.  Can you help me do this? 

It hasn't been an easy journey and I have had my moments, I still do.  I am not quite out of the woods, but certainly on the way.  I am grateful for my family, friends, Rotary but most of all for the health system that has looked after me so well.  

I'm fundraising for cancer research

May 2019 Perth Rotary engaged Judi Lane, Community Education Manager of the Perkins Institute of Medical Research as guest speaker.  I suggested to President Wesley Sim that it would be a great opportunity to raise some funds for the Perkins by shaving the heads of Rotarians.  President Wesley and Past Presidents Larry Hirsch and Stephen Inouye agreed to the idea and the Brave Shave was born.

It was a great success, a lot of fun and the beginning of a beautiful relationship between Perth Rotary and the Perkins.

Fast Forward to February of this year and I was now about to become the President of the Perth Rotary Club.  Karin Cable, President Elect of Crawley RC and myself had sat down to a joint planning session on Sunday 23 February.  

Could we shave our heads to raise money for the Perkins?  

It is one thing to organise for someone else to participate, quite another to put myself (& my hair) on the line.  We agreed that it would be a positive and meaningful, collaborative and worthwhile event.  We felt we could build on the success of May 2019 and hopefully raise that final dollar that would be the difference in the Perkins research program.

Five days after that planning session, I quite unexpectedly found myself at the Hollywood Specialist Centre and was informed that I had an unusual cancer for women, it was aggressive and if not treated immediately, statistically had a high morbidity rate.  

All of a sudden, shaving my head to raise funds for medical research had just got personal.  It has become something positive that I could do not only for myself but any person now or in the future who would be faced with those dreadful three little words…. “You have cancer”.  

I don’t mind how the funds are spent, so long as what we do helps the researchers find a solution that will help someone now or in the future.   It is a big thing to part with my hair, I visit my hair dresser Steph every week to have my hair “done”.   How I look affects how I feel about myself – When I am well dressed, hair done and make up on, I feel strong, confident and ready to face the world.  

However, the past six months has taught me that we are stronger than we think, life is more precious than we think and that there is always someone who is worse off than yourself, no matter what your situation is.

 Bring on the Brave Shave, let’s hope our hair grows back and thank you for your support.

I'm grateful to you

$312

Gary Wightman

All the best Jill...

$110.24

Jimmy Turnbull

Great effort by You and all your comrades

$515

Mike And Nicola Brumby

Go girl!

$37.44

Hannah Meagher

Brave and beautiful are both true.

$66

Amanda Macgregor

You are so inspiring! Big Love x

$110.24

Jim Crone

played golf with Peter yesterday hope this helps compensate for getting him home late.Best wishes jim

$30

Dee Buckland

You are a super star !

$37.44

Margo Wills

You are a star Jill 🌟🥰

$2.02k

Quairading Earthmoving

Matching haircuts in the office now! Well done to all on a very worthwhile project and especially Jill given the year you have had.

$104

David Hewitt

Fantastic initiative Jill and to a great cause

$50

Charles Waterton

Melville Rotary Club supporting Perth and Crawley Rotary Clubs, Good Luck

$110.24

Karen & Shane Jones

Jill! Courageous, strong and beautiful.

$54.08

Liz Guidera

So Brave Jill! Love your work ❤️

$52

Anonymous

What a wonderful cause Jill. You will look beautiful. 💕

$50

John And Robyn Dall

Go Jill, you will totally rock the look.

$150

Jon Bilson

You are an inspiration Jill. Looking fwd to seeing your new look. Good luck today.

$104

Sandy Chong

What a champion Jill. I hope the impact you make would be as big as your heart.

$104

Ken Michael

Thank you Jill

$150

Jamie Mackenzie

Great work Jill

$200

Dom Divirgiolio

Good Luck

$104

Anonymous

We are all very proud of you and lucky to have you in our lives♥️

$110.24

Deborah Mills

$20.80

Rodger G Gibson

Jill, Sorry I cannot be there on the night . Well done and keep up the good work

$54.08

Anonymous

Love ya work.

$515

David J Reed

good luck

$15.60

Ray Della-polina

$110.24

Ted Wilhelm

$54.08

Nigel Barker

$52

Elizabeth Newton

Best of luck with the shaved head :)

$150

Mark Coughlan

You’re an inspiration Jill! Fantastic effort! 🌟

$54.08

Shelley Currie

Good luck Jill you are very brave and supporting a very worthwhile cause xx

$54.08

Tracey & Darrel Haythornthwaite

You are an inspiration Jill

$110.24

Cheryl Darlove

Go Jill!!

$104

Mary Stacey

Well done ! Jilly Bean!!

$37.44

Suzanne John

Proud of you President Jill. That beautiful hair gone for an amazing cause.

$110.24

Jane Johnston

Best wishes Jill. xx Jane and Rohan

$54.08

Rae Sinanovic

Well done Jill, amazing job you are doing with Rotary family 💖

$2k

Veritas Group

Way to go Jill! On behalf of all the staff at Veritas we thank you for the great efforts you’re undertaking to support cancer research!

$100

Jeff

$78

Kelly G

To the amazing Jill. I’m honoured to be supporting you and the other fabulous Perth Rotary ‘shavers’ x

$54.08

Elizabeth Walters

Wishing you all the very best x

$110.24

Kathleen Kusinski

Well done President Jill, the bald and the beautiful 😊

$156

Kate Walters

Jill, you have always been amazing, and always will be. Kate x

$110.24

Julie O'neill

So proud of you Jill!

$54.08

Anonymous

Awesome effort,Jill.

$72.80

French Tarts Bookclub

French Tarts Bookclub Donation

$208

Annie Fowler

Good luck Jill

$37.44

Mark Horwood

Well done Jill. Quite a committment. Join the club.

$52

Pat & Jim Tamminga

Thanks for your cash donation Pat & Jim

$100

Danny & Kym Delle Coste

You are an inspiration Jill 💛🌟💛

$54.08

John & Lorraine Dawson

Thank you Jill

$52

Cathy Woods

So proud of you being so brave xxx

$110.24

Vance

$208

Jen J

you go girl! Very brave but bet you look as beautiful as you already are!

$20.80

Jennifer Kain

Good on youJill. You realize that you will never have to colour your hair again!

$54.08

Larry, Lorna & Nookie

Good luck Jill - looking forward to smashing our targets together!

$54.08

Jason Noonan

$52

Shane Wee

You are such a brave brave lady in so many ways Jill. I am honoured to be doing this with you. ❤️

$20.80

Natalie White

hope my small contribution helps in finding a cure for this bloody awful disease!

$25

Warwick Smith

$260

Tim, Felicity, Howie & Max Clegg

You’re an amazing person Jill xx

$260

Kim Noonan

I guess there will be fights in the bathroom with the big fella over the sunscreen now.

$106

Carol Garfield

$110.24

Janice Dawson

So proud of my lovely & courageous daughter-in-law Jill.

$106

Karen Speak

You are very brave Jill, well done ❤️

$54.08

Rebecca & Scott Powell

awesome Jill!

$200

Colonel & Jo Hayes

Thank you Jill xx

$104

Lj Hooker City Residnential - Rebecca Halton

You're an amazing woman Jill, an inspiration to us all. All the best... Bec

$106

Jane Papalia

Im so very very proud of you my dear friend xx

$54.08

Craig Pensini

Well done Jill

$110.24

Ash Ladner

Great work Jill, look fwd to the night.

$54.08

Lynd Gorton

❤️❤️❤️

$26

Lea Preedy

You go Jill!!

$515

Judith Pinczuk

You are an inspiration!

$110.24

Kath Stacey

Well done Jill. You are an inspiration!

$208

Mark, Anita, Mason & Jedd Sullivan

You are so brave & selfless Jill xx

$54.08

Anonymous

$208

Anonymous

Jill, admire your strength and courage to fight your own battle and then continue to give to others and your community. Truly inspiring.

$110.24

Karen Noonan

🤍🤍🤍

$415

Linda Midalia

You are a star! And, may the research done help save many lives in the future. xxx

$52

Emma Walker

Sending my love to you Jill and Dawson family xxxx

$54.08

Marie Walker

Jill, your drive to raise funds for this research is truly inspirational. What a challenge you have set yourself! You are not alone on this journey xx

$100

Elsie Chua

$54.08

Sue Shenton

A wonderful cause. Good luck Jill raising your target. Cheers Sue (Qdg)

$110.24

Russell Leslie Stacey

$208

Don Mazzucchelli

$110.24

Darren Perera

You are an inspiration to us all. To watch you go through your cancer battle and to still do all the work as President and then some will be the hallmark of Leadership within our club for many years.

$110.24

Sharon Richards

Good on you Jill, you are very brave and inspirational! Best wishes Scott and Sharon xx

$110.24

James Stacey

$52

Janet & Geoff Hall

Go Jill! You certainly are a lady to admire. X

$26

Anonymous

Let's catch up so we can rub your bald head!

$208

Sarah Hadlow

Jill you have been and continue to be a brave, kind and loving person. I will always admire your courage. Xx

$104

Robyn Richards

$54.08

Leah Granucci

An inspiration Jill! :)

$110.24

Mary Anne Young

Great work Jill. You are amazing.

$54.08

Leanne Mcalpine

Well done Jill x

$110.24

Helenleach

You have already proved that you are one very brave girl!! This will be a shoo-in and with your beautiful head you’ll look gorgeous Thinking of others is in your DNA my hero!!💋👏🏻❤️💋

$54.08

Penny And Ray Johnston

Great work Jill

$110.24

Juliet Grist

Jill you are such an inspiring person and so much braver than I could be - proud to be your friend. Juliet x

$110.24

Dale Wilson

Keep up the good work Jill. All our love Dale and Rob Wilson

$110.24

Diane Wallwork

$54.08

Tim & Cheryl Shenton

Inspirational Jill!

$36

Maria Churack

You are a star, Jill Noonan!!

$106

Kelly Francis

$52

Marie Steber

Go Jill

$52

Shelley Swithenbank

$54.08

Rebecca Wilson

All the best Jill

$54.08

Kirralee Dawson

Well done Mum!

$54.08

Glenda Leverington

$110.24

Reilly And Cerise

Great work Jill! Love Reilly and Cerise

$106

Letty Mills

We have to beat this Jill bigger plague then the Corona. Keep up all the good work you do. Letty & Tom

$54.08

Michelle Hayes

So proud of you Jill and it’s true, we are all stronger than we think.