Rae-chelle Parker takes a look at her locks ahead of the World’s Greatest Shave. She will shave her hair off on March 13.
Rae-chelle Parker takes a look at her locks ahead of the World’s Greatest Shave. She will shave her hair off on March 13. ALLAN REINIKKA

Rae-chelle shaves hair for cancer

FOR seven years, Rockhampton hairdresser Rae-chelle Parker has fussed over other people’s hair as well as her own.

Now, she’s shaving her head in the name of charity.

The 23-year-old mum yesterday decided to bite the bullet and take part in the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave, being held from March 11 to 13.

Since posting her intentions on Facebook yesterday, Rae-chelle has already received many messages of support and pledges of donations.

She said she hoped her actions would make her two-year-old daughter proud.

“I’d like to think she will look back in a few years and realise that mummy did a good thing,” she said.

Rae-chelle is planning to cut off her locks at the Brunswick Hotel on Saturday March 13 about 7pm.

She hopes to raise more than $5000 for the charity, signing up corporate sponsors over the next few weeks and collecting donations on the night.

“There will probably be a few tears, but it’s for a great cause,” she said.

“I’ve had a couple of people come into my life recently who have lost parents to cancer and I’d like to be able to help out in some small way.”

Local business, Day to Day Constructions yesterday began Rae-chelle’s sponsorship countdown with a $100 contribution.

To sponsor Rae-chelle, search for her profile at www.worldsgreatestshave.com.

This year, the Leukaemia Foundation aims to raise $3.5 million in Queensland to enable it to continue offering free practical care and support for patients and their families, as well as investing funds into cutting-edge medical research.

Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland chief executive officer Peter Johnstone said it cost the Foundation more than $3.8 million in the last financial year to provide patient services and maintain accommodation facilities for patients required to travel to Brisbane or Townsville for treatment.

The foundation also spent close to $1 million on medical research over the period.

The Leukaemia Foundation receives no ongoing government funding and relies on the generosity of the Queensland community and the private sector to help it operate.



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