Locks lost in quest to find cancer cure
A local fly-in, fly-out worker has raised more than $5000 by shaving off his long locks in the name of finding a cure for cancer.
Simon Heard said goodbye to his hair in a World’s Greatest Shave event at Broome Fishing Club on March 16 to overwhelming support.
Mr Heard said he wanted to take part in the 20th anniversary of the World’s Greatest Shave, having done it for 17 years.
“I did it this year because I had long hair for a long time and I thought it was just time to go,” he said.
“I thought I should put it to a cause and raise some money instead of just shaving it off for nothing.
“Most families are affected by cancer in some way, so I thought doing the World’s Greatest Shave again was a good reason to do it.”
About 100 people turned up to watch Mr Heard’s big shave.
The event included a raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses, while the auction of shaving Mr Heard’s head was auctioned.
“The auction was very popular because quite a few people wanted the hair gone,” Mr Heard said with a laugh.
“The final figure ended up being $5165, so it was well over what I was expecting.”
Mr Heard said he was still getting used to having no hair.
“I go to wash my hair but then I realise there’s nothing there,” he said.
“I’ll have to invest in some big hats for when I’m out in the sun.”