Bonnie Price, the successful bidder of the first cut, Sue Bridgeman (sitting), Robyn Dilley and Sue’s sister Gail John share an emotional moment at the Great Western Hotel.
Bonnie Price, the successful bidder of the first cut, Sue Bridgeman (sitting), Robyn Dilley and Sue’s sister Gail John share an emotional moment at the Great Western Hotel. Phil Austin

Close cut earns her $10,000

WHEN Rockhampton's Sue Bridgeman signed up for the annual Leukaemia Foundation Shave for a Cure, setting a goal of $5000, she had no idea she would soon have more than double that amount.

Sue, whose son battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia and beat the odds last year, couldn't believe the incredible community spirit people had shown, helping her to raise more than $10,000.

"No one really knows how much it means to me," she said.

Sue got the chop on March 16 at the Great Western Hotel, where more than 40 of her family, friends and colleagues gathered to support her.

"I had to have a couple of rums to calm the nerves, but it was a great night," she said.

The first cut of Sue's hair and an akubra were auctioned off during the night, which overall raised more than $1000.

Sue said she called her son, who now lived in Brisbane, the day after to share with him the success of her fund

raising efforts.

"He just said, 'I'm proud of you mum and I love you'," she said.

Sue isn't the only one in the area to get behind the cause, with many people in the Rockhampton region losing or colouring their locks.

"At the Leukaemia Foundation office in Brisbane, there's names from Central Queensland on the board all the time," Sue said.

Mayor Brad Carter coloured his hair in his election colours, green and gold, to support Rockhampton women Sharon Noffke and Christine Capes in their fundraising efforts.

"They came into Warren Olsen's Park Avenue barber shop selling raffle tickets while I was getting my hair cut and eventually talked me into it," he said. "It was a wonderful day."

Sharon said the pair raised more than $6000.



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