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Ready: From left, Tahlia Wheeler, Jenny Carter and Hannah Eade prepare to brave the shave

By MATTHEW MCKEW

A bald effort by a quad of Queenstowners to take the fight to cancer has generated almost $8000 already.

The locks will be coming off tonight at The Hayes, with Hannah Eade making a positive out of her gradual hair loss caused by alopecia.

The 13-year-old’s had patches falling out for the past couple of years but mum, Julia,
says she’s otherwise healthy and wants to help those in less fortunate positions.

Ten weeks after saying goodbye to her locks, she’ll be able to wear a special wig.

It’ll partly be made with hair from her friend, Tahlia Wheeler, 12, who’ll also get the big chop tomorrow.

Last year Tahlia lost her grandma to cancer and says her hair’s long enough to spare.

Third to brave the shave is Jenny Carter, who hopes the charity cut will raise awareness.

Her husband, Andy, has cancer and the pair hope the event can help to foster better support networks for those caring for people living with the disease.

And finally, Hannah’s dance teacher Theresa Swain’s also lopping off her locks in support of her pupil.

It’s also expected a few blokes will join in on the night by getting beard trims, at least, while Deanna Beattie, from wig supplier Freedom Hair, will speak, as will a representative from the Leukaemia Foundation.

Donate by going to shaveforacure.co.nz searching for Thalia, Hannah or Carter.

The event starts at 6pm tonight.

matthew.mckew@scene.co.nz