IT has been a long time coming, but Kenwick resident Jacqueline Angel has finally shaved off her flowing locks.
The Cancer Council WA receptionist sees the effects of cancer daily in her job at Crawford and Milloy lodges and shaved off her hair to fundraise for cancer research.
Mrs Angel has family and friends who have fought and lost their fight with cancer and her mother-in-law, who is currently battling breast cancer, was the shaver on the big day.
She said she had wanted to shave her hair for years, but this was the first opportunity she had to do so.
“Being in this job, I have the opportunity and am encouraged to do it,” she said.
“I have family and friends who have battled cancer, family who have died, so it has touched my life over the years and I wanted to do this for quite some time.”
As a bonus, Mrs Angel said she was delighted to have donated her shaved hair, which will be turned into a wig.
“At first I wasn’t sure I was allowed to donate my hair because I had it coloured 18 months ago, but I asked the volunteers here and they advised me to contact a place in Adelaide which takes donated hair,” she said.
“They said they’ll take any hair over 30cm long, so it’s not going to waste.”
Mrs Angel said she never felt nervous in the lead up to the shave and had received compliments about the shape of her head – but admitted her step-son may not be as pleased with her new haircut.
“He’s 8 years old and said ‘don’t do it, you’ll be ugly, what happens if it doesn’t grow back?’” she said.
“He’s going to have a shock when he comes back from holiday and I won’t have any hair.”