Teen to shave head for a cure

SHE'S been growing her hair since she had a short bob aged eight and now local teenager Dayna Gillies will say goodbye to her long locks.

The Year 11 student is participating in the Leukaemia Foundation's Shave for a Cure - a cause she holds close to her heart.

"Both my grand-dads died of cancer and I never got to meet them," Dayna told the Herald. "That was upsetting.

"I decided to shave my head because it would attract a lot of attention to the cause.

"I've been thinking about doing it for a couple of years now.

"My aim was to have it done by the time I'm in Year 12 and I've completed that."

Dayna will be having a close shave as short as her mum Heather will allow - a number one - and is looking forward to experiencing a whole new world of headwear, from hats to beanies.

"It was a tough decision to make," she said. "It will be quite strange I think (to have no hair).

"I will definitely love getting up in the morning and not having to do anything with it and mum will be happy with the less than 15 minute showers.

"I've had a few tears just thinking about it, about what it must be like to not have a choice in the matter.

"A lot of my friends have said they could never do it but some people just don't have the choice."

Dayna has been raising money for some time now by putting 20-odd money tins on the counters of local businesses, face-painting in the Kincraig Plaza and setting up a web page online.

She will continue collecting until mid-April before all the funds get sent off to the Leukaemia Foundation.

"There has been support from all over the SE," she said.

"I have relatives in Adelaide and Mount Gambier as well. My family is very proud of me for doing this."

The community is invited to watch and support Dayna as her hair is shaved at the Kincraig Plaza from 2pm on Sunday.

Local hairdresser Pam Selig will do the honours and the highest bidder will get to chop off her ponytail.

The hair won't go to waste either - it will be sent to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths campaign to be used in a wig for cancer patients who don't have a choice about losing their hair.

To make a donation online go here.

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