Kathy happy to lose locks

KATHY Edwards doesn't have much hair to lose, but she has a lot to gain from shaving her head - a lot of cash that is.

Tweed resident Ms Edwards is hoping to raise $1000 for the Leukaemia Foundation when she goes under the clippers for the World's Greatest Shave this week.

Preparing to shave her head on Friday, she yesterday said she was only slightly nervous about sporting a new hairdo.

“I'm a little bit nervous. I'm getting a number two (blade), which is pretty close to the skin,” Ms Edwards said.

“I actually did it about seven years ago. But my sister found out I was doing it again and she rang me up and offered to sponsor me if I didn't do it, so it couldn't have been too good looking last time.”

Each year about 100,000 people across Australia shave or colour their hair in support for the World's Greatest Shave.

The money raised goes towards care and support for patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.

It also helps fund research into better treatments and cures.

Ms Edwards, representing her Ecowash Mobile car wash business, has already raised $240 for the national event.

Shaving her head, she feels, is just a small sacrifice for those doing it tough.

“I just think it is a good cause,” she said. “I'm very lucky; I have healthy hair that grows pretty quickly. In three months I'll never even know I did it.

“IfI can help someone who is living with cancer, either raising money for their treatment or accommodation, then I'm happy.”

Ms Edwards said no donation was too small and encouraged people to head to Seagulls Leagues Club on Friday to watch her lose her hair.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest will join the movers and shavers on the day by colouring his hair for the cause.

But he is not revealing what colour, instead encouraging people to attend on the day and see for themself.

“It could be tiger stripes or it could be some sort of hot pink,” Mr Provest said.

To sponsor Ms Edwards or Mr Provest, visit www.worldsgreatestshave .com and click 'Sponsor a shaver'.

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