Ballina High School student Emily Goodwin, 12, will be cutting her hair as part of the World’s Greatest Shave in March.
Ballina High School student Emily Goodwin, 12, will be cutting her hair as part of the World’s Greatest Shave in March. Marc Stapelberg

Golden locks to get the chop for cancer cause

A YOUNG girl from Wardell will cut and donate her hair to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy as part of the World's Greatest Shave in March.

Emily Goodwin, 12, saw a TV advert about the cause in July and decided to fundraise in support of her cousin who died of leukaemia.

She has spent the past seven months growing her hair to a length of 34cm to meet donation requirements.

"I'm pretty nervous," she said. "We're doing it on March 12 which isn't that far away.

"I'll miss my hair, I like flicking it around."

At a morning tea fundraiser Emily raised $825 and with support from friends and family, she has raised $995 in total.

Brave Emily will cut and donate her hair for cancer: At Bunnings Ballina on March 12, 2pm, Ballina High School student Emily Goodwin is cutting off her ponytail as part of the World's Greatest Shave.
Brave Emily will cut and donate her hair for cancer: At Bunnings Ballina on March 12, 2pm, Ballina High School student Emily Goodwin is cutting off her ponytail as part of the World's Greatest Shave.

Her mother Rachael Goodwin said Emily's hair would go to a Leukaemia Foundation-recommended business called Louis Barnett & Son & Son, where donated hair is kept aside for chemotherapy patients.

"When I package up the hair I have to tell them the age of the person it came from so they can match it up to someone (of) the same age," she said.

Emily and her family will be selling raffle tickets and doing the cut at Bunnings in Ballina at 2pm on March 12.

"The prizes of the raffle have all been donated," Ms Goodwin said.

"For example, Angourie Rainforest Resort is donating a three-night package ... also the hairdresser we usually go to is donating her time to do the cut."

SUPPORT EMILY

> Donate or buy a raffle ticket at Bunnings on March 12

> Visit Emily's sponsorship page

> Emily has raised $995 so far with a goal of $1120

> 34 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer every day

> Sponsor Emily $28 or more to pay for a cancer information pack to help a family prepare for challenges ahead