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Shaving for cure

Former Deniliquin woman Helen McMillan is taking part in the World's Greatest Shave in March.

TYLA HARRINGTON February 4, 2014 4:45am

Helen McMillan gets ready for the chop with the help of her work friend Jane Douglas.


Former Deniliquin woman Helen McMillan is asking for local support to take part in the World’s Greatest Shave in March.

Helen, who now lives in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, said she was inspired to take part this year to honour several people who have died from cancer, including her grandfather David Watson who lost his battle last year.

‘‘In May 2013 I lost my grandfather to cancer, and it put life into perspective,’’ Helen said.

‘‘I have the view that hair is just hair and it will grow back.

‘‘Unfortunately as 2013 has blended into 2014, cancer keeps touching friends and family, so as a tribute to him and others, I have decided to join the World’s Greatest Shave.

‘‘I will be donating my no longer needed locks to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Program, where it will be made into a wig for those who have lost their hair from cancer treatment.

‘‘And I will wear my bald head with pride, knowing that everyone who has donated money to see me shave my head has taken us one step closer to finding a cure for Leukaemia.’’

Helen said she is still deciding on the date to shave, but expects it will be between March 13 and 16 – dates recommended by the Leukaemia Foundation.

The person who donates the most will be given the honour of wielding the clippers for the shave.

To donate, visit www.worldsgreatestshave.com, click on sponsor and search Helen McMillan.

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