A WOMAN'S hair might be a prized possession for some, but Michelle Scales-Springett can't wait to shed her locks.
Ms Scales-Springett is part of the Kiama Shavers team in the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave and next Saturday, March 16, she and nine others will face the clippers as part of a family fun night at the Kiama Leagues Club. Her mother's ongoing battle with lymphoma, a type of leukaemia, led to her decision to hold an event.
"I rocked up to the leagues club and within 24 hours, Paul [Wright] was on the phone to me," she said.
Mr Wright, a barman at the club, witnessed his mother lose her battle with ovarian cancer.
He hoped to put together a series of animations and meditation sessions for those fighting a cancer diagnosis.
Kiama business owner Carl King said a friend had shaved her head for the cause last year and decided to go through with it this year.
"After I told so many people I was going to do it, I thought I've got to do it - and it's a great cause."
The evening, starting at 5pm, will include face painting, sporting games and the newly-shaven heads could become canvases for a head painting competition.
Entry is free, however, those attending must either come in a funky hairstyle or wig, or shave or colour their hair on the night. Ms Scales-Springett said a hairdresser would be on hand.
The Kiama Shavers hope to raise $10,000, with more than $2600 raised so far. To join the team or donate, visit http://worldsgreatestshave.com and search for "Kiama Shavers".
For more information, call Ms Scales-Springett on 0411 417 363 or Mr Wright on 0450 742 880.
Kiama High School students Jared Dryburgh and Dom Littrich have also planned to have their heads shaved at school on Friday, March 15.
"I decided to give it a go and Dom jumped on board so we have decided to call ourselves Kiama Nude Nuts and, to date, have raised around $2000," Jared said.
"We will be doing the shave in front of the whole school. "
To support the boys, go to http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/thekiamanudenuts.
More on the boys' epic effort in next week's Kiama Independent.