A MAMMOTH $5000 has been raised by Old Bar hairdresser Joanne Johnson to support the services of the Leukaemia Foundation.
“I can’t believe it,” said Joanne.
“We raised nearly $900 on Friday. I’m so thrilled.”
A huge crowd piled into Artistry Hair in Old Bar on Friday to enjoy morning tea (for a gold coin donation) and watch as Joanne bared her head with a number zero shave.
Her husband Tony also got into the act and shaved his head as well.
The region’s been a bit chilly since but Joanne was prepared with hats and beanies to see out the cold of winter.
As a bit of fun after the shave, Joanne and Tony tried out some wigs too.
Amongst the crowd watching was Catherine Crellin from Wallabi Point, who has battled leukaemia herself, and Deb Scanes, mother of Jack Scanes who is currently fighting the disease and using accommodation provided by the Leukaemia Foundation in Newcastle.
The foundation helps people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders, funds research to find a cause and a cure and also offers practical support.
The support includes people for families of those diagnosed to speak to, as well as website forums for patients talk with other people going through the same thing.
One of the most practical ways they help are accommodation facilities where people from country areas can stay for as long as they need to while undergoing treatment.
Catherine used these facilities herself during her treatment and Jack Scanes is using them at the moment.
In addition to the head shave, Joanne raised funds from a morning tea as a giveaway of prizes, with everyone who made a donation going into the draw.