Hair-raising campaign

NOT LONG TO GO: Ruby and Cooper Knowles, of Victor Harbor, prepare their step sister Poppy Francis' hair before it is dyed purple on Friday as part of the World's Greatest Shave. Photo: Dani Brown.

NOT LONG TO GO: Ruby and Cooper Knowles, of Victor Harbor, prepare their step sister Poppy Francis' hair before it is dyed purple on Friday as part of the World's Greatest Shave. Photo: Dani Brown.

REGION – Expect to see people sporting freshly-shaved heads or brightly-dyed hair after this weekend.

March 16 to 19 is earmarked for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave weekend, where people change their hairstyles to raise money for those battling blood cancer. 

Victor Harbor step-siblings Poppy Francis, aged nine, Cooper Knowles, eight, and Ruby Knowles, six, are dyeing their hair on Friday, while Cape Jervis man Chris Shanahan will shave his head and beard this Saturday.

The children, who attend Victor Harbor R-7 School, decided to take part in the campaign after Poppy saw a flyer for the World’s Greatest Shave on a window.

“A couple of years ago a couple of people from my school did it,” Poppy said. 

“I asked Dad if I could do it when he was getting a haircut.”

She originally wanted to shave her hair, but the family decided they would dye it instead. Poppy will have her hair coloured purple, while Cooper chose blue and Ruby’s hair will go pink, and they are all excited to see how it will turn out.

Cooper said he had only positive responses from his friends when he told them he was dyeing his hair. “They said, ‘How much money are you raising?’,” he said.

Once they had registered, they set a fundraising goal of $250, but have already smashed that – now they’re hoping for $1000.

“I want to help raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation for people in need of leukaemia treatment. It’s a nice thing to do to help people with leukaemia,” Cooper said.

Chris Shanahan, of Cape Jervis, will be holding a fundraising night at the Cape Jervis Community Club on Saturday, March 18. 

There will be raffles, a silent auction, games, and meals – and people having their heads and beards shaved or coloured. 

Entry is $15 for adults, which includes a barbecue and dessert, and $5 of each entry will go towards the fundraiser. Entry for children under 14 is $10.

By the end of the fundraiser, Chris and his wife Hazel hope to have raised $2000.

To donate to the children’s causes, search ‘Kristy Francis’ at www.worldsgreatestshave.com.au; to donate through Chris, search ‘Hazel Shanahan’.

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