CRN sales boss shaves head at Pipeline cancer fundraiser

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CRN sales boss shaves head at Pipeline cancer fundraiser

Delegates and sponsors at Pipeline helped CRN's advertising chief raise thousands of dollars for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Lee De La Rue Browne, group advertising manager of Nextmedia's B2B technology group, organised the World's Greatest Shave fundraising event to coincide with the CRN Pipeline party in Sydney, after losing his father to blood cancer last month.

Ahmmad Issa does the first shave

Partygoers threw notes and coins into collections jars, before the team conducted an auction for the chance to take the clippers to De La Rue Browne's head.

Synnex's Ahmmad Issa kicked off this bidding with a $1,000 donation, quickly followed up with another $1,000 donation by VTS IT managing director Glenn Kennedy.

Glenn Kennedy takes the second shave

De La Rue Browne has raised almost $11,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation so far. There is still time to donate to Lee's fundraising efforts. 

Sarah Hozack, campaigns manager NSW/ACT at the Leukaemia Foundation, said: "This is a incredible achievement and wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of his colleagues and clients.

"The money Lee has raised will go a long way to helping other patients and their families with the emotional and practical support they need, along with funding urgent research for blood cancer cures."

Veeam's Peter Bender shaves Lee's head

The fundraising effort took place on Thursday 7 April, following the first day of CRN Pipeline, a two-day summit focused on the major trends and issues impacting channel business owners. To register for the Melbourne event on 14-15 April or to lodge an expression of interest for CRN Pipeline 2017, please head to the event website.

Every year, more than 150,000 people get sponsored to shave or colour their hair to support Australians with blood cancer and to fund research.

Jules Rumsey, Cloud Plus

Blood cancers remain the third biggest cause of cancer death in Australia.

Major donations:

  • Ahmmad Issa, Synnex: $1,000
  • Glenn Kennedy, VTS IT: $1,000
  • Jules Rumsey, Cloud Plus: $500
  • Aaron Steppat, VMware: $250
  • Simran Kaur, Webroot: $200
  • Peter Bender, Veeam and Lee Scott, Leading Edge Group: $100
  • Darren McNally, CRN: $100
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