Donna Shaw with the hair she cut off to help out Rylee Rivett.
Donna Shaw with the hair she cut off to help out Rylee Rivett. Patrick Williams

Long locks lost for a good cause

THERE was no need for a hair net from the meat department when Tweed City Woolworths grocery manager Donna Shaw cut off her hair yesterday.

The Tweed Heads West resident volunteered to lop off her long locks in front of the store to help raise funds to contribute to colleague Ron Rivett, whose daughter Rylee has recently been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

“It just really hit home for me,” Ms Shaw said.

“I’ve got a daughter the same age and my father has been through cancer as well. I just wanted to help any way I could.”

Ms Shaw cut off her hair in front of a crowd of customers and colleagues.

“This is probably the third haircut I’ve ever had. I’ve had it long for as long as I can remember.”

The Tweed City Shopping Centre supermarket raised $3800 by yesterday afternoon with hopes of exceeding $4000 by today thanks to extra donations from the Gloria Jeans coffee store at the centre.

Store manager Roger Moore said all Woolworths stores in the Northern Rivers and the southern Gold Coast were holding fundraisers to help raise funds for the Rivett family.

“Every store is doing something to help out, this is our way of doing it. All up we’re hoping to raise $20,000,” he said.

Mr Moore, who originally coloured his hair green for the cause, received an additional surprise when his staff members presented him with a $500 donation towards the cause if he shaved his head.

He was more than happy to oblige.

“I had no idea that was going to happen,” Mr Moore said. “A lot of customers have helped out as well by making donations in store.”

The free haircuts were preformed by Airlie Radford from Pro Cuts.



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