Pepper Money’s Australian and New Zealand CEO Mario Rehayem has announced plans to shave his head on 12 March as part of his quest to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
He's currently just $3,000 away from his $10,000 goal, with around two weeks to go.
“I’m committed to shaving my hair because we need to find a cure for blood cancer. I don’t know of anyone that hasn’t been impacted by this disease in some way,” said Rehayem.
According to the foundation, a $56 donation helps provide financial assistance for a family in distress when treatment makes it impossible to work, an $80 gift covers one night of emergency patient accommodation for a family who must urgently relocate for treatment, and $145 enables the work of a researcher for a day – helping to move things along towards the next breakthrough.
If you’d like to contribute, you can donate here.
“I’m keen to raise as much money as possible – not only in Australia, but through my global networks, as it’s a global issue we are tackling,” said Rehayem.
“I am very appreciative of the fact that so many people have already donated to the cause, including friends from the USA and Puerto Rico.”
To provide an additional incentive and “make things interesting”, he has said that whoever pledges the most money gets to take the first shave.
Currently, the non-bank head’s “good friend” James Symond, Aussie CEO, is first in line to shave his head with his donation of $500.
“I’d love to see someone top that,” said Rehayem.