KAITLYN Russell will have her long locks lopped on Sunday for the World’s Greatest Shave.
The Rockingham Specsavers employee was inspired to participate because when she was younger she was diagnosed with alopecia.
Although she felt sad at the time, she now feels fortunate that her hair grew back and is healthy and long.
She has been fundraising in the lead up to the shave through donation boxes at Specsavers Rockingham, friends, family and her football club the Peel Thunderbirds.
So far she has raised $1000 and expects to raise more money on the day.
Her goal is $2500.
“I feel strongly about supporting organisations like the Leukaemia Foundation, to help them continue to support people living with blood cancer and also fund ongoing research,” she said.
“Due to illness, so many people don’t get to decide if they want to go bald or not, but I feel lucky to have the choice to shave my hair.
“I know how hard it was to suffer from hair loss from when I had alopecia, but I’m not attached to my hair as it can easily come and go; I’ve never worried about a bad haircut as it always grows out.”
Ms Russell will be shaving her hair at the Peel Thunderbirds football club before the game on Sunday, the last home game of the season and against rival club East Fremantle.
To donate visit http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/kaitlynrussell.
WHAT: World’s Greatest Shave event
WHEN: Sunday, July 16th 11.30am
WHERE: Peel Thunderbirds Football Club, Bendigo Bank Stadium, Mandurah, 6210