By Monique Kuzeff
A brave administration officer who works at the Gardens Medical Clinic (GMC) in Albury, Natalie Nicholas, pledged to shave off her golden locks to raise money for the Leukemia Foundation as part of the World’s Greatest Shave on Tuesday.
The motivation was prompted by her families and close friend’s experience with cancer in past years. She lost two uncles and a friend.
“I’ve witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of cancer on sufferers and their families,” Ms Nicholas said.
“Both my parents are cancer survivors and a close friend died earlier this year from the disease.”
She sat in front of the reception at the GMC with a crowd flocking to witness the event, while Albury Hair Theatre hairdresser Lyn Collins worked her magic.
Natalie hoped to raise more than $1000 which would be used for research that would help many more survive blood cancers including lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma, while improving the quality of life.
“It’s only hair, it will grow back and raising a few thousand dollars that will go towards cancer research is worth it.
“If they can find a cure for one they will find a cure for all hopefully.
“While I’ve never done anything like this before, I wasn’t that nervous because I couldn’t wait to get it off – but today I was.
“It’s only hair at the end of the day and I’ve only ever had it short anyway.”
Ms Nicholas said she would proudly expose her new look and not hide it, as it might even help some sick patients at the GMC.
“I’m not going to try and hide it and we are in a medical practice and often see a lot of unwell patients, so if I could help them then that’s great.
“I think I will get a lot of people asking if I have cancer but I’ll just explain that I don’t and that I did it to raise money for a good cause.
“Any money I raised through this is a bonus.”
The funds raised will also contribute to giving families facing blood cancer the emotional and practical support they need.