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A hair-raising experience

WHEN it comes to putting aside vanity to help others in need, people in Gympie are very brave.

Last week the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave saw make shift salons popping up in Mary St and at Billy's Hotel.

Hair Review also used its talented hairdressers to create a smooth style.

Friday afternoon kicked off the de-hairing of Gympie locals.

Sue Boys decided to shave her head for the second time with the help of her regular stylist at Hair Review. She raised just under $400 in five days of fundraising.

“It doesn't faze me at all, I've had lots of comments,” she said about shaving her head. “I try to support anything for a good cause.”

On Saturday morning Mary St Pets' Bill and Denise Powell with the help of neighbour Karen Dawson held their third annual shave for a cure outside the pet shop.

The event attracted a number of people to watch and some spontaneously decided to shave or colour their heads.

“It's always good for people you don't know to take part,” Mrs Dawson said..

This year total is still being tallied with donations still rolling in.

“Every year we aim to raise $1000,” Mrs Dawson said

Last year the shave made it to the $1400 mark.

Mrs Dawson said she had been touched by cancer and her husband had prostate cancer.

“If you don't know somebody with cancer, you know someone who does.”

Mrs Dawson said it was great to hear people in the crowd spurring each other on for next year's shave by saying, “I'll do it next year if you do”.

“I hope next year it gets even bigger,” Mrs Dawson said.

Also on the day, children got involved with colouring their hair and the Powell's two dogs Polar bear and Fly were coloured.

She hopes in the future to try and raise money for Gympie's cancer sufferers and donate to Little Haven Palliative Care.

On Sunday Billy Mitchell opened his bar (Billy's) as a venue for a unique World's Greatest Shave event.

Trent McClintock raised $1600 by telling his mates he would shave his head and wax his eyebrows, back and chest for the Leukaemia Foundation.

On the day, two of his mates also decided to take part by having their bottoms waxed.

Mr McClintock said he decided to take part because it was a “really worthy cause”.

“I just wanted to help out,” he said.

He thanked Billy's for supplying the venue as a strong crowd was able to watch and listen to the gratuitous pain as the waxing began.

And he said he couldn't have pulled it off without the help of Envy Hair Design and a large donation from K&N Auto Parts.

Mr McClintock has already had a few comments on his new do; one compared him to a Lord of the Rings character.

But he isn't worried about his new look or how long it will take his eyebrows to grow back.

Topics:  cancer fundraising leukaemia foundation world's greatest shave

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