Couple loses locks in memory of mum who died of cancer
DARRYN Heffler can't remember the last time he didn't have a full head - and face - of hair.
In memory of his mum, who lost her battle with cancer, Darryn and fiancee Naomi Viney chopped their locks for the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave.
When it came down to the crunch Naomi said she was nervous, but managed to chop Darryn's ponytail off with steady hands, and he quickly returned the favour.
"We wanted the day to be special because it meant something to us," Naomi said.
Darryn said when he saw the hair on the ground it was a bit of a shock, but he didn't regret it for a second.
Sporting his new clean-shaven look, he said his mum would be proud.
"She'd be looking down on us, just smiling."
The couple set themselves a goal to raise $2000 but ended up with about $900 more than that.
"It was a lot more than what we thought," Darryn said.
The new look might take a little getting used to though.
"I get out of the shower and go to grab my hair," Naomi said.
But even her impending wedding vows won't be enough for Naomi to purchase a wig or extensions.
"We're not going to alter anything. What grows, grows."
The hardest part for Darryn was trying to remember how to shave after growing a beard for almost two decades.
"Shaving annoys me. I'm like a kid having his first shave," he laughed.
Naomi encouraged other people to take the plunge and shave their hair off for a good cause.
"Your hair will always grow back," Darryn agreed.
The couple wanted to thank everyone who helped out, from the people who supported the sausage sizzle and donated money to the businesses who helped to make it all possible.