The Bald and the Beautiful

Philippa Metschukat and Jayne Turner ready for the razors.
Philippa Metschukat and Jayne Turner ready for the razors.

HAIR today, gone tomorrow… but there are no regrets for two plucky Perth women who have lopped their locks for the World’s Greatest Shave.

Jayne Turner and Philippa Metschukat took the drastic step to raise money for research into curing leukaemia – and the look on the faces of Jayne’s boys Will, 11, and Charlie, 6, when they saw their buzzcut mum was priceless.

Philippa, of Leeming, is the national manager of Open Colleges School of Health. “Working among health professionals and being part of the development and training of our next generation of nurses and carers you come across gut-wrenching stories of people who have had to fight for survival,” she said.

Jayne Turner and Philippa Metschukat admire their cool new looks.

“If by shaving my head it brings discussions and awareness to people’s minds then I feel I have done one small thing to enhance the fight against this disease.”

Jayne, 43, of Ocean Reef, has been a registered nurse for 20 years and now works as a nurse educator at Open Colleges.

“I have always had a great appreciation of community in times of need. I have recently needed the support of my community in my own life and now it’s my turn. The World’s Greatest Shave is an amazing way to give back,” she said.

Charlie, 6, and Will, 11, check out their mum Jayne’s ‘do’. Pictures: Mark Stephenson

The bald and beautiful duo raised $4000 even before the shave, which was performed at their workplace in Pier Street, Perth, before an enthusiastic crowd of colleagues, students and family members.
And the bald verdicts? Philippa: “Awesome”. And Jayne: “Itchy”.

The trimmed tresses will go to environmental charity Sea Shepherd to be used to help filter pollution from the oceans.

You can still donate to the pair’s World’s Greatest Shave group, Hermosa Pelona.

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