Close shave for fundraiser in Darch

Prem (18) and Mansi Aghera (21) prepping for the Shave to Save.
Prem (18) and Mansi Aghera (21) prepping for the Shave to Save.

DARCH siblings Prem (18) and Mansi Aghera (21) have launched a fundraising campaign to support people with cancer and their families.

The duo has since attracted other crusaders to join their December Shave to Save for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF).

“My sister has wanted to do this for a while now; she was affected by cancer some time ago and knows first-hand how it affects those ill and their families,” Prem said.

“She wanted this campaign to be a tribute to those who aren’t as lucky as her and to help raise money to find a cure and prevent more families from falling victim to cancer.

“She also feels that shaving her own head will not only raise awareness but also encourage current patients (especially young females) to feel more confident with themselves with or without their hair.”

Prem said he too had seen people go through cancer and was aware of the emotional stress it caused.

“I figured if I launched a campaign like this, where the primary focus was raising awareness, then perhaps it’d show those affected that we’re all behind them as a community,” he said.

“We chose ACRF because its aim is to eradicate cancer altogether and that’s our ultimate aim too.

“It’s small fundraisers like this that unite our community and drive us a little bit closer, one step at a time.

“Our main goal is to spread awareness and get as many people involved as possible.”

He said their shave was planned for December 5.

“Shaving our heads in itself helps patients feel more comfortable with their situation as they can see that they have nothing to feel embarrassed or worried about as we will freely show off our new looks in public,” Prem said.

People who want to join can contact Prem at prem.aghera@gmail.com or on Facebook, or can visit here