Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Jac­inta Cata­tore

MORE than 250 peo­ple from Har­vey and sur­rounds came out in sup­port of the World’s Great­est Shave and Shine Bright event on Fri­day, which raised al­most $9000 for cancer re­search for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

Held at the Har­vey Recre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre, the fundrais­ing event was or­gan­ised for peo­ple who wanted to shave or colour their hair in sup­port of those who have died or have been di­ag­nosed with bone cancer.

Event or­gan­iser and cancer sur­vivor Kim Par­ton said the event was a huge suc­cess.

Sev­eral women and chil­dren had their hair coloured at the event and eight peo­ple had their heads shaved, in­clud­ing Har­vey Post Of­fice worker and St John’s Am­bu­lance vol­un­teer, Carol Gale, who raised $5416 through spon­sor­ship and do­na­tions.

Lo­cal hair­dresser Es­ther Ital­iano was given the honours of first plaiting then chop­ping off Mrs Gale’s hair, be­fore shav­ing her head down to a ‘num­ber one’.

En­ter­tain­ment on the night in­cluded the Bianca Panetta Dancers, per­for­mances by stu­dents from the Mu­sic Room, and 12-year-old Sophia To­mas who was ac­com­pa­nied by her fa­ther Dan To­mas.

Mrs Gale’s daugh­ter Rhi­an­non Gale sang while her mother went through with the fi­nal cut.

Once the shav­ing had fin­ished, peo­ple car­ried lanterns in a walk around the cen­tre ground, in me­mory of some­one who has lost the bat­tle, or in sup­port of a blood cancer sur­vivor.

Or­gan­is­ers sold of­fi­cial Leukaemia Foun­da­tion lanterns, plus smaller lanterns and glow sticks to carry on the walk.

“It was over and above what any of us ex­pected,” Mrs Par­ton said.

“The com­mu­nity re­ally came to­gether as a whole.”

Rhi­an­non and Carol Gale, be­fore Carol lopped off her locks.

Carol Gale and her brother Colin Hill, with a photo of their mother and grand­mother, who both died of cancer.

Kim Par­ton, Carol Gale and Har­vey hair­dresser Es­ther Ital­iano af­ter Carol’s great­est shave in me­mory of her mum, Ada Hill.

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