Ron turns pink in show of support
Like many Australian men during iso, Northern Beaches of Sydney-based Ron Kovacs decided to use lockdown productively, and grow a beard. He jokes “I grew it mostly to annoy my wife Louise!” Louise, incidentally, wasn’t all that keen on his beard and encouraged him to get rid of it while the couple's daughter suggested instead to have some fun, and dye it a bright colour. Describing himself as an “extrovert”, Ron was up for the challenge, and figured he may as well raise some vital funds for a good cause in the process.
“I'm inspired by the work of Breast Cancer Network Australia and wanted to support them by raising money.”
Following Louise’s breast cancer diagnosis two years ago, Ron was keen to give back to BCNA, who has supported Louise throughout her journey.
“We have donated to cancer organisations previously, but now that I have had a first hand experience with BCNA, we chose to support them,” said Louise.
So Louise and her daughter visited the chemist and purchased some bright pink hair dye. “It didn’t go as well on the beard as the head,” laughed Louise.
Ron’s pink beard challenge was shared with his Facebook friends who made up a large portion of his donors, in addition to family members. Without a specific target in mind, Ron raised an incredible $600, and was extremely pleased considering the current climate.
“Especially with the circumstances around COVID-19, everybody is struggling, so we just couldn’t believe that people were being so generous.”
When questioned about what his friends thought of his pink beard, Ron said “They know I’m pretty mad and often doing silly things, so they probably weren’t that surprised … especially when I told them what it was for.” Not only has Ron raised vital funds, but he’s also spreading awareness of breast cancer. Talk about a champion!