CAWARRAL local Karen Reedman will shave her coveted waist-length locks for cancer this month - something she believes is a small price to pay to support those impacted by the disease.
Ms Reedman will publicly shave for cancer on Friday, June 26, at the Treehouse Tavern in Cawarral at 6.30pm in an effort to raise vital funds for Cancer Council Queensland.
"Shaving my head is not about me being brave, it's about recognising the bravery of those diagnosed with cancer and what they go through," Ms Reedman said.
She said she was inspired to shave her head in honour of a close friend who was recently diagnosed with stage three breast cancer.
"Raising funds is about investing in the future of her daughter, and my daughters, to ensure that they don't have to go through the same thing that we are," Ms Reedman said.
"It also enables Cancer Council to offer support to everyone affected."
Ms Reedman encouraged locals to attend the markets for a day out in support of a good cause.
"It'll be a really good day out," she said.
"We'll also be having a sausage sizzle at the market to help raise further funds."
Ms Reedman said the event would not be possible without the generous support from Lynn Groombridge and Robyn Wilkinson who have helped organise the event, and a donation of food from Bell Park Bakery.
Shave for Cancer is part of Cancer Council Queensland's Do It For Cancer campaign, which is calling on Queenslanders to do what they can to raise vital funds for cancer research, prevention and support.
Cancer Council Queensland regional fundraising co-ordinator Jessica O'Neill encouraged the community to get behind local fundraisers and support their efforts.
"Do It For Cancer is about everyday Queenslanders doing what they can to raise funds to help us beat cancer," Ms O'Neill said.
"You can race, sell, work, shave, gift, quit - do anything to support the one-in-two Queenslanders who will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
"With your support, we can help provide vital support to those in our community affected by cancer."
Anyone wanting to Do It For Cancer can register by going online at www.doitfor
cancer.com.au or phone the Fundraising Hotline 1300 656 585.
For more information about Cancer Council Queensland you can phone 131 120 or visit http://www.cancerqld.org.au.