Daughter's brave act in memory of her dad
FIFTEEN years on from the death of her dad, Hannah Chambers decided this was the year to step up, be brave and raise funds for a cause close to her heart.
"My dad died when I was 13 from liver cancer, so over 15 years ago,” she said.
"I have been meaning to do it for years and years and decided this was the year.
"It felt right and I have been waiting too long.”
While she admitted she was nervous to look in the mirror after her World's Greatest Shave event at Kingaroy Shoppingworld on Saturday, raising $3227 for the Leukaemia Foundation has made it all worthwhile.
"I have had heaps of support from parents, staff, friends and family.”
She said she was overwhelmed with the response, raising double what she expected.
Before the event, Miss Chambers hadn't been to the hairdresser for at least a year so she could donate as much hair as possible to be made into wigs.
Hairdressers from SG's Hair Design plaited her long locks before the shave, and 40cm of hair is now on its way to be made into wigs.
Working at South Burnett Childcare, Miss Chambers worried how the kids would react, but that was quickly forgotten when she was greeted with hugs on Monday.
"I am in the nursery so I was worried they wouldn't know who I was but they came up for cuddles and some were even brave enough to touch,” Miss Chambers said.
She has been preparing for the shave since February but it has taken some time to adjust and she admits she still likes to use conditioner.
"It is great, I wake up and walk the dogs straight way,” she said.
Miss Chambers is one of 20,000 Australians who will shave their hair in aid of the Leukaemia Foundation in support of the 100,000 Australians living with blood cancers.