Dozens of people had their heads shaved or coloured in Shepparton during the weekend as part of the World's Greatest Shave.ESTELLE GRIEPINK March 17, 2014 4:45am
It was a case of ‘‘hair today, gone tomorrow’’ for the dozens of Shepparton residents who participated in various World’s Greatest Shave events at the weekend.
Jess Young organised Saturday’s event at Shepparton Marketplace and described the atmosphere as inspiring.
More than 100 people turned out to support those getting their hair shaved and dyed for charity.
Ms Young told The News she began shaving her head six years ago after a close friend was diagnosed with a rare cancer.
This year’s shave was even more meaningful because her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December.
‘‘I did it to show my mum she’s not alone and that I’ll be brave for her,’’ Ms Young said.
‘‘It’s just to show you’re willing say ‘hey, it’s hair, it grows back’.’’
Nearby, Kyle McAlley braved the clippers for the fifth time.
Marketplace shoppers were startled to see the 14-year-old’s transformation as he lost his curly moptop in favour of a shaved head.
‘‘The first year I did it because I saw an ad, but the second year I found out my great-grandfather died of leukaemia, so now I do it every year,’’ Kyle said.
‘‘I’d encourage people to get involved because it’s a good cause and it helps out. It’s a fun thing to do.’’
On Sunday, Christine Griffin-Close lost her hair for the first time.
The mother-of-two organised a family fun day at SPC Ardmona KidsTown to highlight the need for ongoing blood cancer research.
Mrs Griffin-Close said she felt nervous, but excited to lose her shoulder-length brown hair.
Her husband Gav was by her side with clippers at hand.
‘‘It’s for a really good cause,’’ Mrs Griffin-Close said.
‘We’ve had a few family friends diagnosed with cancer and this supports not only the patients, but also their families.’’
Nathalia Secondary College principal John Sciacca will speak at Cool Heads tomorrow night about the night he came across the crash that killed Year 10 student Jess Hearn.
In a surprise announcement this morning the Burramine Sports Club has said there will be no Burramine Gift in 2015.
The Tatura and district Catholic community will celebrate the 51st staging of the Feast of St Donato on Saturday, August 2.
More than $30,000 was raised for the James McQuillan Future Fund through a nearest the pin competition at Moama Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Shavanna Coghill, Harvey Keating, Nate MacFarlane and Holly Scoble were among children who enjoyed the first community playgroup in Rochester on Monday.
Lancaster Football Netball Club makes all families welcome.
St Mary's College staff member Rhonda Tallnash declared Queensland bush poet female champion.
Jerilderie thumped Yarroweyah by 185 points on Saturday with star forward Aaron Purcell leading the charge.
Heathcote landfill is open until Sunday for the free disposal of e-waste.
Barooga Lions Club's stalwart of deb balls calls it a day after 17 years of service.
The Deniliquin Wetlands Restoration Community Project has restored the balance to the Deniliquin lagoon system.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
The garden is the work of more than 100 people and has taken more than a decade to complete. Aboriginal community devleopment worker Chris Thorne shared stories of Benalla's Indigenous heritage.
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