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CHINCHILLA res­i­dents have shaved off their hair to raise money for can­cer re­search.

As part of the an­nual World’s Great­est Shave event, res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike braved the clip­pers for the wor­thy cause.

Hav­ing raised ap­prox­i­mately $2500, the event had every­one smil­ing.

Chinchilla’s World’s Great­est Shave team ‘Perm Uni­corn’ was cap­tained by Krys­tle McConville, who or­gan­ised the event af­ter a trip to the hair­dresser’s went wrong.

“A few months back a hair­dresser stuffed up my hair to the point where I hated it,” Ms McConville said.

“My hus­band jok­ingly sug­gested I shave it and I didn’t think it was a bad idea.”

Though the idea came about in a hu­mor­ous fash­ion, there was a se­ri­ous side.

Ms McConville and other mem­bers of the team and their fam­i­lies had been af­fected by sev­eral types of can­cers over the years, in­clud­ing leukaemia.

The cause was some­thing close to the hearts of all in­volved, in­clud­ing Club Ho­tel owner Justin Byrne, who pro­vided the venue for the shave. Mr Byrne even or­gan­ised a multi-draw raf­fle and donated 10 per cent of the evening’s prof­its to the cause.

“It’s a great cause and we try to get in­volved where we can com­mu­nity base wise to sup­port those things.

“We said we’d jumped on board and see what we can do to help. It was an easy one to say yes to.”

Sev­eral mem­bers of the Club Ho­tel staff also shaved their heads in sup­port, in­clud­ing Mr Byrne, who hopes the event will be even big­ger and bet­ter next year. ■ Turn to pages 21 and 24 for pics of the shave event.

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