Shaving head in mum's memory
SHAVING one's head could never be close to as painful as losing one's mother to cancer.
So 18-year-old Xanthe Slight's World's Greatest Shave at Tweed's Ivory Tavern on Sunday will be a lesser but still admirable example of her bravery.
Ms Slight's mother Sonia died of skin cancer during 2009.
"I've lost about four people in my family or otherwise close to me in the past few years," she said.
She has also lost her uncle, her grandfather at five years, a close friend in 2010 and her treasured St Joseph's College teacher Sharon Singleton-Newell during late-February this year.
Each of them died of cancer.
"I've always wanted to do it," Ms Slight said of the shave, "but I kept procrastinating."
She, friend Sharnee Breen, 19, who will spray her hair and other supporters have only raised $200 of the $4000 total, but have gathered great support for Sunday's shave.
They said they could always do with more.
"We'll have about 20 raffles on the say, offering such prizes as a $250 car service," Ms Slight said.
"It's open to anybody to shave or colour on the day."
Leanne McCloy from Lush Hair and Beauty Banora Point will be doing the dirty work, while $1 from any Coopers clear stubby bought at the Ivory on Sunday will be donated to the cause.
Ms Slight said it was "heartbreaking" losing someone to cancer.
"It rips your heart out almost - especially when it's someone close to you like your mum
"People say I'm a really strong person.
"But I believe people in your life don't get taken from you unless you're strong enough."
Her father Glenn and brother's Lachlan and Aaron have supported each other since losing their mother and wife to cancer.
Help support Ms Slight and anyone who has lost or may lose a loved one to the disease by shaving or spraying for a cure at the Ivory on Sunday from 2pm (NSW).
Visit worldsgreatestshave.com for more information.