Teen shaves head to help find a cancer cure

MOST teenage girls would never consider shaving off all their hair, but for Dayna Gillies it was an easy decision.

The Year 11 student signed up for the Leukaemia Foundation's Shave for a Cure after losing both her grandfathers to cancer.

On Sunday afternoon a crowd of about 30 people gathered at the Kincraig Plaza to watch Dayna lose her long brown locks in her bid to raise funds for the cause.

Her mother Heather put in a bid of $150 to cut off her pony tail before professional hairdresser Pam Selig took over with the clippers.

Dayna was slightly emotional as chunks of hair were shaved off but she was happy with the end result.

"I am feeling really, really good about it," she said. "It was amazing to see how much weight my hair really had but it has been wonderful."

The hair from Dayna's ponytail won't go to waste - is is being 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.

Dayna has been raising money for some time by putting 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 April 10 before all the funds get sent off to the Leukaemia Foundation.

So far she has collected well over $1000. "I've been very happy with all the support," she said.

"So many people have supported and been there for me. I want to say a big thank you to Pam Selig and the plaza for letting me use the space."

To donate to Dayna's campaign, go here.

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