Janet, Jessica, Gordon & Matthew Rowlings are participating in Shave for a Cure this weekend.
Janet, Jessica, Gordon & Matthew Rowlings are participating in Shave for a Cure this weekend.

15 years of hair growth to go in name of leukaemia research

FOR the past 15 years, Jessica Rowlings has been growing her hair.

This Saturday, alongside her brother and parents, all those inches will go towards making wigs for cancer patients, as the family participates in the World’s Greatest Shave.

Mum Janet said the family had known close friends ­impacted by leukaemia and decided this year they wanted to do something to help.

“We have personally known several families impacted by leukaemia and we all wanted to do something,” she said.

“People look at me like I’m mad when I say I’m shaving my hair off.

“But it’s just hair, it will grow back. This is just something we can do as a family to help others.”

The family was originally slated to participate with Roma State College at their annual Shave for a Cure event.

“Unfortunately, COVID-19 meant that event had to be postponed,” Mrs Rowlings said.

“But we thought we’d do it as a family at the start of the school holidays instead.”

All funds raised will go to the Leukaemia Foundation to fund blood cancer research and support families facing blood cancer.

The family will be at the Oxford Cut Barbershop this Saturday, where owner Cheryl Dart has kindly offered to do the shaving.

To donate, go to www. worldsgreatestshave.com, click on “Donate to a shaver” and search for the Rowlings family team.