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Trimming kilos for good cause

LOSE FOR LIFE: Laura Harvey and Deborah Smith from Company 1 Hair Design have been fundraising and losing weight for Losing for Life.
LOSE FOR LIFE: Laura Harvey and Deborah Smith from Company 1 Hair Design have been fundraising and losing weight for Losing for Life.

THEY'RE hairdressers by day and gym junkies at night, but Losing for Life duo Laura Harvey and Deborah Smith are cutting the fat for reasons beyond personal gain.

The Springfield ladies from Company1 Hair Design don't have much weight to lose, but signed up to the competiton to make a difference to not only their own lives but to the lives of others.

Ms Harvey, the youngest in the competition at 18, said the pair chose to support the Bereavement and Support service at Mater Hospital, a charity close to their hearts, following recent personal losses.

"Having lost my niece, it has pushed to lose weight," she said.

"That was my main motivation.

"The Bereavement and Support service help people deal with the mourning of stillborns.

"My friend lost her baby early this year.

"They're just amazing, and not really well-known."

Ms Smith, 34, said the passing of her grandmother had been the driver of her weight loss journey.

"I realised you have to live life, not eat life," she said.

"Plus, I have to keep up with my son who has just turned one."

The duo said they motivated each other and it had shown in their proactive approach to sponsorship.

Ms Smith wasn't sure how much money they had raised so far, but said "the tin was getting heavy".

"It's tough out there in the community and we're pleased with the number of sponsorships we have received," she said.

Losing for Life organiser Stephen Grosser said Ms Smith and Ms Harvey were ceasing the opportunity.

"The girls don't have much weight to lose, so for them it is not just about the weight loss, it is about helping the community as well," Mr Grosser said.

"For Laura, the charity is close to her heart, which is great to see."

Ms Harvey was also receiving sponsorship for not drinking alcohol for two months.

"It's about achieving balance in life," she said.

"I'm still out there socialising, just not bingeing anymore."


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