Shav­ing off the locks for a good cause

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - An­gelique Pat­ter­son

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

Pic­ture: AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

SHAV­ING FOR A CURE: Ashlee Garth

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