CARINE Senior High School student Emily Gardiner will follow in her mother’s footsteps by shaving her long locks to help people conquer leukaemia.
The Year 12 student has raised more than $2000 for the Leukaemia Foundation ahead of a World’s Greatest Shave event to be held on March 17 at the school.
According to the Leukaemia Foundation, blood cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in Australia, claiming more lives than breast cancer or melanoma.
Emily (16) said she was nervous to have her first proper haircut since primary school.
“I got it cut into a bob with a fringe, it was not really nice,” she said.
“I am kind of sick of having long hair and I kind of just want to change it up a bit.
“I have seen a lot people shave their head; my mum did it when I was young and two of my friends did it a few years ago so I wanted to be a part of it and help people out.”
Emily said while she did not have personal experiences with leukaemia, many people knew or saw people go through cancer.
Brad Anderson, owner of Brad’s Barber Shop, is looking forward to participating in his ninth shave event at Carine.
“Being a local businessman and trying to help people in the local area, they have always asked and I have always come,” he said. “If you do not want to shave your hair, then you can colour it with hair spray by giving a gold coin donation to the Leukaemia Foundation at lunch time.
“I think it is very brave and gutsy for a woman.”
The Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave is on from March 16 to 19.