TORQUAY College student Nalani Webber will say goodbye to her shiny locks this Friday in honour of two of her family members who have lost their battles with cancer.
The courageous 12-year-old said she’s participating in the World’s Greatest Shave to pay her respects to those affected by the disease and to advocate for blood cancer research.
“I’m taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave because I lost my great uncle to cancer and recently, I lost my Pa Bob who I miss so much,” Nalani said.
“I am doing this for all the people I know that have lost family and friends to cancer or who are currently fighting cancer.”
Family friend and Torquay College teacher Margie Foulkes will steer the clippers and shave Nalani’s hair at the school this Friday to mark the last day of term.
Nalani’s mother, Bianca, said Margie has previously participated in the World’s Greatest Shave and has known her daughter since she was born.
This year the Leukaemia Foundation is celebrating 21 years of the World’s Greatest Shave campaign.
More than two million Australians have taken part since 1998, with the foundation raising close to $17 million across two decades. One Aussie is diagnosed with a blood cancer every 41 minutes.
Nalani said she isn’t afraid of sporting her new look come Friday.
“I’m feeling excited because I want people to know that helping people is an important thing,” the Grade 6 student said.
“I’m really happy that people have supported me to shave my hair throughout this past month by donating money for this great cause.”
Nalani has surpassed her fundraising goal of $2,250. To help Nalani in the fight against blood cancer, visit worldsgreatestshave.com and search for Nalani Webber by clicking ‘Donate’.