Shaving off the locks for a good cause
THE World’s Greatest Shave is back again and this year several brave locals are shaving or colouring their hair for a cure, including Ashlee Garth of Port Douglas, who is shaving for a cure.
Between March 13 to 16 people all over the world get sponsored to shave their hair or colour it in fancy and funky shades to raise money and awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation.
All across Douglas individuals, schools, organisations and businesses are getting behind the charity event, including Port Douglas Cubby House worker Ashlee Garth, who is getting involved because she has seen firsthand the effects of cancer.
‘‘I’ve had a few family members effected by cancer, my Pa passed away when I was quite young and I still have very vivid memories of him and my Nan got cancer but luckily she got through it,’’ she said.
‘‘I wanted to do something but I never wanted to shave but I decided to just do it. It doesn’t both me having no hair because some people don’t have a choice and have to lose it.
‘‘Everyone should get involved, it’s such an amazing cause and it’s going to help find a cure for cancer and help those people that have cancer by providing them with medicines and relief while going through that tough time.’’
With hair past her shoulders, Ashlee has a decent crop of locks to shave and has been gathering sponsorship - already exceeding her goal of $200, having raised $570, for which she is grateful.
Another Port Douglas local Harriet Ferguson has raised around $1700, which is a mighty effort for a might head of hair - which is over half a metre long.
‘‘I am not only cutting my hair off for a cure but am also donating my 20 inch ponytail to Pantene beautiful lengths who make and distribute wigs to Australian women cancer patients who lose their hair due to cancer treatments,’’ she said in her registration.
In Mossman, a Funky Hair Day will be held at the Mossman State High School on Monday 17 March organised by the Leukaemia Foundation Youth Committee at the school, and a public World’s Greatest Shave event will be held at the Mossman Markets on Saturday 15 March organised by the Mossman District Branch of the Foundation.
And in Port Douglas if you are looking for a shave or colour, Savvy Hair on Macrossan Street are holding a World’s Greatest Shave on March 14, shaving your hair is free and for colour it’s a $5 donation. For more information on all events or to register your own, go to worldsgreatestshave.com
SHAVING FOR A CURE: Ashlee Garth