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.’’
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