Stella braves the shave

Matthew (left) and Christy Dellaney, musician Sarah Shepherd and the Naracoorte Hotel s Gus Grist get ready for 10-year-old Stella s greatest shave on Saturday night.

Matthew (left) and Christy Dellaney, musician Sarah Shepherd and the Naracoorte Hotel s Gus Grist get ready for 10-year-old Stella s greatest shave on Saturday night.

TEN-year-old local Stella Dellaney has taken a step many her age wouldn't by offering to forgo her hair for the Leukaemia Foundation in the World's Greatest Shave this Saturday night.

Stella's locks will be lopped at the Naracoorte Hotel, with publican Henry Mould donating a three course meal for 10 people with drinks as the top prize for a raffle.

Having seen several family members fight a battle with cancer, young Stella took it upon herself to contribute the best way she could, raising money by donating her hair.

"We've had lots of family get it, and I figured it would be a fun way to help," said Stella.

Parents Christy and Matthew Dellaney couldn't be prouder of their girl, describing her sacrifice as brave and selfless.

"It all started this time last year, when Stella's Nan was struggling with the fight. That's when she decided she would do it, she wanted to help," Christy said.

Given Leukaemia is the most common type of cancer in children, all involved are thrilled to see someone as young as Stella donating to a child prominent disease.

"It's a big thing for a little girl to do," dad Matthew said. "Older men can get away with it, but a 10-year-old girl with long hair? That takes courage."

The community has also got behind Stella with many local business contributing to the cause, including big sponsors New Seeds.

Amali, the Lucindale Hotel, Store 21 and Drews are just a few who are donating prizes for the raffle along with the Naracoorte Hotel of course.

The Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave has already raised over $17 million, well on their way to the target of $20.5 m.

Saturday night will feature live music from Sarah Shepherd and Brett Armfield from 6pm, along with hair chalking for kids and the raffle to help raise money.

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