Nine of the 10 brave souls who felt the brunt of the clippers in the name of raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation at the Railway Hotel in Calliope on Sunday.
Nine of the 10 brave souls who felt the brunt of the clippers in the name of raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation at the Railway Hotel in Calliope on Sunday. Luka Kauzlaric

Clipper courage pays off with more funds for foundation

HAIR today, gone tomorrow.

Nerves were alive as the clippers drew closer for the brave souls who elected to shave their locks for the Leukaemia Foundation on Sunday.

More than $10,000 was raised in preliminary calculations between 10 individuals, with more expected to flow in over the coming weeks.

Caroline Cusack, Wendy Tanner and Tracey Thorne, from the Railway Hotel in Calliope, were the impetus for the family fun day when they made the decision to shave their heads a number of months ago.

There was a crowd close to 200 cheering on each individual.

Col Jackson, Ben Bratby, Matthew Hillier, Vivien Rayner, Chloe Rayner, Rylee Weiland and Adrienne Coeen also lost their locks, showing courage in the face of the clippers.

Mr Jackson said his decision three months ago to participate was a "no-brainer".

"I have family members who have been through it," he said. "At the end of the day it's all for the kids."

Cindy Groves is proud of her sister Yasmine, 19, who is donating her waist length hair to be made into a wig for cancer patients as part of the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave.
Cindy Groves is proud of her sister Yasmine, 19, who is donating her waist length hair to be made into a wig for cancer patients as part of the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave. Mike Richards

And saying goodbye to more than two feet of hair didn't faze Yasmine Groves in the slightest as she prepared to go completely bald.

But her waist-long hair didn't end up on the cutting floor - the 19-year-old is donating her locks to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, where it will be made into wigs for cancer patients. 

Growing up in Ubobo, Yasmine said she'd received a lot of support from the small community for her efforts in raising $1000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Yasmine faced the shears on Saturday at Stockland's World's Greatest Shave event.

She plans to fundraise for another two weeks. To donate, visit http://www.worldsgreatestshave.com.

FUNDS RAISED:

  • Beth Watts had a starting goal of $1500 to shave her hair
  • Warren Hudson hit the $300 mark, with thanks to Sorted music and Miss Natalie Photography