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Tailem Bend mother and daughter shave to help raise $10,000 for leukaemia research
A Tailem Bend mother and daughter and the daughter’s friends have shaved their heads to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
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A team consisting of mother and daughter Tammy and Sallee Shepherd, Alana Ingram, Claudia Jenkins, Molly May and some inspired onlookers have shaved their heads to help people with leukaemia.
To date, the team has collectively raised $10,531 in the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave, with the shaving event taking place in an Adelaide suburb last week.
Tailem Bend Community Centre CEO Tammy Shepherd explained why the big shave was important to her and her daughter.
“When Sallee was eight years old, she wanted to do (the shave) with her friends at school, but no-one did it,” Ms Shepherd said.
“I said I’d do it, but it didn’t happen at the time.
“Sallee’s now studying politics, philosophy and economics, and she’s very passionate about social services and helping people.
“She asked her colleagues from BWS to be involved, and five of us in total raised money – we went to the Schnithaus in Hilton, and one of the girls shaved in Melbourne.”
Around 60 people attended the event, and some onlookers joined in the fun.
“Three more people on the night shaved in sympathy,” Ms Shepherd said.
Ms Shepherd opted for the number-four shave, but she described her daughter as “braver than me” because she went bald.
Ms Shepherd doesn’t regret sacrificing her hair.
“I’m loving it because I agreed to do it when my daughter was eight, and now I’m 48,” she said.
“I thought it may not be a good time, as my hair may never be as long as it is now, but I thought, ‘If my hair can help, why not?’”
Donate to the team: leukaemiafoundation.org.au.
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