Associate Professor Rick Snell, from the UTAS Faculty of Law, lost his infamous locks and beard last weekend in a bid to raise money for social justice.
He originally hoped to raise $10,000 for the Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Fund but managed to net $12,500, which will become $25,000 after the UTAS Foundation matches contributions. This will be added to the Appeal tally, bringing the total to $42,500 from public donations since the end of last year.
“I didn’t expect to raise so much – I thought $10,000 a high target,” he said.
Donations came from as far away as South Africa and New Zealand and some individuals gave $500.
Assoc Prof Snell had his beard for 16 years and was enjoying the change.
“It’s a refreshing change but takes a bit of getting use to in the shower , I’m feeling great – why wouldn’t you be with comments saying how good you look (see my facebook page) or that I look 10-20 years younger,” he said.
Funds can still be donated online at the Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Fund or directly to Rick Snell.
Sandy Duncanson was a Tasmanian lawyer with a commitment to social justice. He died in 2010 after 16 years battling cancer. The Fund was set up in his name to enable a student to carry out a social justice project or activity.
The total money in the Fund is now almost $85,000, which well and truly establishes the Fund and gives it the capacity to grow, Assoc Prof Snell said.
The first bursary of $2000 for a social justice project is now open for applications from any undergraduate student (not just law).
Photo caption: Associate Professor Rick Snell after the chop