THE Royal Australian Air Force Association’s (RAAFA) occupational therapist Elissa Munro has accepted the somewhat hair-raising challenge of shaving her head to help people with blood cancer.
The Cooloongup resident and much-loved team member at RAAFA’s McNamara Lodge at Meadow Springs will take the snip next Thursday, to support the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave fundraiser.
“Although I don’t know anyone personally with leukaemia, there have been several members of my family who have been touched by cancer, including my beautiful aunt who passed away a couple of years ago, so this is my way of trying to make a difference,” she said.
“As well as wanting to support a great cause, it’s also a personal challenge for me; it’s going to be pretty scary to lose all of my hair and have my physical appearance altered so much, but that is really nothing in comparison to what people living with leukaemia and cancer undergo.”
Colleagues and residents at McNamara Lodge have committed to supporting Ms Munro and will be watching when she undergoes the shave on Thursday.
“We think it’s a wonderful thing for Elissa to commit to and it’s a great cause,” facility manager Kerry Rennison said.
“We think she is very brave and we are very proud of her.”