CHARITY CHALLENGE: Friends inspire mum’s shave for cancer

Ella, left, and Hannah are excited to shave their mum Cheree Williams’ head this weekend. Cheree decided to shave her head to show support for people with cancer.

Ella, left, and Hannah are excited to shave their mum Cheree Williams’ head this weekend. Cheree decided to shave her head to show support for people with cancer.

A COLAC mum will shave her head this weekend to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation and show her support for people with cancer.

Cheree Williams said she decided to take part in the World’s Greatest Shave after friends of hers and people she knew developed cancer and had gone through chemotherapy treatments.

“It was just one of those things that I decided to do after a while of whinging about my own hair; it just made it all very real and how silly I was being, and I just decided to take it all off for a good cause,” she said.

Cheree said friends had commented about how brave she was, but she said she felt more lucky than brave.

“I get to choose the date and the time that I get to take it all off, surrounded by friends and family,” she said.

Cheree said taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave was a way that she could show her support for people with cancer and raise awareness.

“And to show my kids especially, to do things for what you think is a really worthwhile cause,” she said.

“Hopefully they can see this as an example, whether or not they do the same sort of thing or just choose something to sponsor or stand up for.”

Cheree said she was also taking part in the Mother’s Day Classic Run this Sunday, an event which raises money for breast cancer research.

“That’s really full of enthusiastic people, the atmosphere is awesome and just a great thing to be part of,” she said.

Cheree said her husband Peter was supportive of her, while her two daughters Ella, 13, and Hannah, 11, were excited to “take the clippers to” her hair.

“They weren’t at first; they’ve certainly come around and are a lot more excited about it,” she said.

“I haven’t gone without a fringe for a really long time, like years and years; I’m going to embrace, probably the grey now, I’m looking forward to it,” she said.

For more information or to support Cheree Williams head to worldsgreatestshave.com

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