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Close Shave for a Good Cause

From left, Jon DaSilva (who retained a
fu manchu), Callum Slater, Dr. James Slater
and a clean-shaven Bob Williams.

The scene at John’s Barber Shop in Newton, NJ, on Sunday, February 28, could have been a warmup for the Olympic hockey match scheduled later in the day.  At about 1:45 p.m., friends and relatives of Matheny rehab technicians Bob Williams of Lake Hopatcong, NJ, and Jon DaSilva of Stanhope, NJ, began gathering to witness the removing of their beards.

Williams and DaSilva had volunteered to shave their whiskers to help 13-year-old Callum Slater of Basking Ridge, NJ, raise money to fund a power wheelchair for someone who can’t afford it.  As a project for his Bar Mitzvah, held October 17, 2009, at Congregation B’nai Israel in Basking Ridge,  Callum, a seventh grader at the Far Hills Country Day School, had learned about power wheelchairs and their ability to improve the lives of people with disabilities after meeting and interviewing Williams.  He had already raised $2,500, when Williams and DaSilva offered to shave to generate publicity for the project.  Callum’s parents, Dr. James and Fiona Slater, were so impressed with Williams’ and DaSilva’s sacrifice, they decided to match the $2,500, bringing the total to $5,000.  Dr. Slater is a cardiac surgeon at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

Anyone desiring to contribute money to Callum’s project should send it to Development Department, att: Janice, Matheny Medical and Educational Center, PO Box 339, Peapack, NJ 07977.  For more information, email .


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