Locks lost in quest to find can­cer cure

Broome Advertiser - - News - Carly Laden

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.”

Pic­ture: Andi Ste­wart

Si­mon Heard

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