Women shave hair to raise funds for Leukaemia Foundation
IN AN incredible feat of courage, Kim Tuart-Haynes and Samantha Hennessey each shaved off their shoulder-length hair to raise funds and awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation.
The Aurecon employees auctioned the rights to chop off their ponytails to their colleagues last Friday afternoon, to a lunchroom full of encouragement.
Ms Tuart-Haynes said the decision to shave her hair came after a close friend fought leukemia.
"The first friend I made when I moved to Gladstone was a very beautiful girl who has battled through leukemia twice," she said.
"I wanted to give something back to her. I knew she was passionate about the foundation and considering doing the shave herself.
"She had already been through it twice, so I thought it would be better if I could do the shave instead."
In an amazing achievement, the two girls raised a preliminary sum of $4600 thanks to the support of local businesses Gladstone Chiropractic Clinic, Barebone Creative, Elysian Coffee, BHP Billiton, TEMCO, Westpac and Bond Engineering & Inspection Services, exceeding initial expectations of $3000.
Although Ms Hennessey and Ms Tuart-Haynes felt vulnerable listening to the imminent drone of hair clippers, they realise there were certain advantages to having no hair.
"Nothing about the shave was easy for me, I was really attached to my locks and didn't take the transition lightly," said Ms Tuart-Haynes.
"It was, in a way, liberating. It does make getting ready for work very quick."