Brave woman chops off hair after mother's health scare
KINGAROY'S Jennifer Meeke has had her waist-length locks chopped off to raise money for the Heart Foundation after nearly losing her mother to multiple heart attacks.
Ms Meeke had her hair cut off at Infinity Hair Salon in Kingaroy last week.
"The hairdressers have organised for it to be donated through sustainable salons," she said.
"It will be used for making wigs or to bundle it up into bags which will be used to mop up oil spills.
"I had over 55cm of hair cut off."
Ms Meeke will be fundraising for another week and hopes to hit her goal soon.
"So far I've raised $950," she said.
"My goal was to raise $1500.
"It's all going towards the Heart Foundation through the Everyday Hero fundraising program."
The Heart Foundation is a charity dedicated to fighting the single biggest killer of Australians - heart disease.
All of the money Ms Meeke raised will go towards funding life-saving heart research, working to improve heart disease prevention and care for all Australians.
"I was mainly encouraged by my mum," she said.
"She's had multiple heart attacks.
"It was really hard for me to go through. I had this sudden realisation that my parents just aren't as invincible as I thought they once were."
Ms Meeke said it was a shock to her system to learn her parents wouldn't be around forever.
"It just all became very real," she said.
"Her first surgery was non-evasive and she was okay for about ten years., but then her most recent one was a by-pass and was pretty intense.
"The treatment has taken off and now with all of the new research mum is going to be okay."
Ms Meeke even had her inspiration cut off a piece of her hair.
"It just felt right to have mum there," she said.
"Helped with the nerves too. Although it didn't really get too scary until right before it happened.
"I never realised how much of my appearance was based off of my hair."
Ms Meeke said she was still getting used to not having hair.
"It's certainly a huge change," she said.
"But I've had a fair few people tell me it looks good which is always reassuring.
"Despite the change I still feel like me which is important."
You can donate to Ms Meeke's page here.