Eden brave to shave locks off for Leukaemia Foundation
IT TOOK a few years but Rockhampton's Eden Platen finally worked up the courage to take part in the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave.
The 21-year-old, who works at The Coffee Club at Empire, lost her shoulder-length hair on Saturday afternoon in front of family, friends and work colleagues.
"I've always wanted to do it because it's for such a good cause, but I was just scared," Eden said.
"When I heard some of my friends were doing it, I thought 'Why not? It's just hair, it will grow back'."
Eden, who at high school had long hair past her waist, said her new hairstyle felt "very different" but she was sure she would get used to it.
She raised about $450, which will go towards research to find better treatments and cures for leukemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
The money raised from the World's Greatest Shave will support the Leukaemia Foundation's important work to beat blood cancer:
$36 can give emotional support to help someone overcome the initial shock of being diagnosed
$58 can provide free transport to someone who is too ill to drive before and after chemotherapy
$80 can give a regional family a free place to stay close to treatment in the city, for one night
$120 can fund a scholarship to give essential support to a major blood cancer research project, for one day