Sunday, March 13, 2011

Beach Ball Head. haha

Well I'm glad to say I'm now saving money on shampoo because yes I'm now bald. Ha ha. I went to the Leukaemia Foundation shaving area and they took it all. Look at it this way, the money raised helps kids with Leukaemia and I got a free hair cut. Ha ha. I have pictures which I'll post at the bottom and yes after they shaved it, they did colour it as a beach ball. Ha ha

While doing the shave a guy with a mic asked how much I had collected and I said with the people still to pay after they see shave about $2,050. Every watching was clapping and smile because I had done great work. Then I said “I'm a Big Issue Vendor and this is my way of giving something back to the people” oh that got a lot more claps and when I finished the shave a lady gave me a hug (I do love hugs, ha ha) and said she will buy my magazines from now on. I must say I was proud because I was doing something great and when you get a feeling like that it's really hard to not smile for the rest of the day.

It felt good to be giving something back. I thank you all that sponsored me and helped me to raise money for such a great course. I will say this, I'm very happy I got the hood with my sleeping bag. Bald means colder. Ha ha


I've been getting great messages from a lovely girl named Holly Heenan, so I asked her if I can post one of them here. This is one of my favourites.

Hi Grant,

I'd just like to say a quick hi, and let you know that although I have never met you, you have totally changed my out look on life, and for that id be forever grateful.

I have always seen vendors selling the big issue, however never really thought much of it, until I started recently reading your amazing & verrry entertaining blog. This morning for the first time I bought the big issue from a very friendly man at wt, I gave him $10 for the magazine, as I had a bit of extra cash on me. At first I did not think anything of it, until I saw how grateful the gentleman was, he even ran after to me shake my hand. After this, I couldn't get the smile off my face. This tiny act, has made me the happiest I've been in a long time! And ultimately, I have you to thank.

So right now, I am sitting in my nursing lecture at uni, and instead of listening to my (very boring) lectector, I began to read the big issue... And low and behold, I see your face on page 7, supporting leukaemia! I took this as a sign that I needed to thank you. :)

Please let me know if there is anything I can ever do to help you out, any upcoming events that I can help out or volunteer at, or even if you're after company one lunch time:)

Thanks again,
It's messages like this one that gives me hope, I think it's great that Holly bought a magazine off another vendor and he was grateful enough to run after her and shake her hand to say thank you. I keep saying “A lot of the homeless are great people just down on there luck.” and if I can show that in my blog and maybe help one person then it's worth writing twice over.

I get asked about volunteering and where to go, but the thing is a lot of them you have to be part of a church or club and the ones that don't may have too many volunteers one week and not enough the next. So what I'm going to do is when my mega-site is up and running I'll email all places needing volunteers every week and ask if they need help then post in the Volunteering Needed part.

Some comments are about the ads on my blog. Please let me say I have not received one cent from my ads because there not click on and get paid, there commission only which means I only get paid a % of sales and so far there's been no sales. I'm not making anything from them yet so, no I'm NOT rich from the ads.


Okay I giving people lot's of notice here, On the 28th of April is my birthday. So I'm inviting all to come and have a drink with me after work. It's going to be at Grand Central Hotel on Queen St under the Central Railway Station. I will be there from 3 pm until late so it won't matter what time you get there because I'll be there. All I ask is you stop by on the way home and have a drink for my birthday with me. I do have one request and that's instead of gifts you give me a great big smile. Because really that's the best gift of all. I really hope you can make it because, working I see people for a very short time and at the party I'll get at least a few minutes. Besides there's people that read my blog I have never meet and this would be a great chance too.

I'll even make it nicer I'll wear a party hat to cover my bald head. Ha ha


Here's the pictures from me doing the 'Be brave and shave for Leukaemia' (Don't laugh too much) ha ha
I said a little off the top, haha
That paint was really cold. haha

I'm sorry if the pictures didn't turn out right, They were sent to me good.

Thank you for sharing this with me, The pictures were taken by Ewa and she has done a great job but I had trouble downloading them.
I hope you all have a great day and no-one prints these to use as a dart board cover. haha
Grant the Polite Guy.


  1. Woohoo looking good Grant!

    Love the letter from Holly. Your blog opens up a whole new outlook for me too. I'd often seen vendors of the Big Issue and because I didn't know what it was I walked on past. Now I stop and purchase :o)

    Would love to join you for a drink but a bit far to go from Canberra lol. I hope you get a huge crowd and have a fabulous time.

  2. Ohhhh that coloured head is funny!!!!

    Congrats on raising so much money for a great cause.
    It must be lovely to receive such lovely messages from people like Holly. I agree with her, I never knew much about homeless people (in fact I still have lots of questions!!) but this blog is helping me understand a little bit about them and their situation.
    Keep it up Grant!!!

  3. hi people and hi Grant, I'm the now bald lady who gave u that hug. Denise is my name, and I too, in memory of a friend we lost to leukaemia, decided to be brave, see how much i could collect for the foundation and go the shave. I too collected over $2,000. After my shave was complete i recongnised Grant as our regular big issue vendor, and said to my partner Dave, let's hang round to give this guy some moral support, he had done such a brilliant job with sponsorship - so selfless. Since then we've had a few chats. Grant, you're an inspiration - keep up your wonderful work! cheers / Den

  4. I'm a friend of Denise from Sydney, I have been following her adventures on Facebook and this is how I learnt about you. Reading this blog put a smile on my face. Good on you Grant! Cheers, Lou