HOW does a town of just 800 people raise $11,000 in one swift go? They throw an awesome party.
A couple of hundred people filled the Macarthur pub to watch some basic haircuts, backed up by good music. The Nield family initially hoped to raise $500 for Peter’s Project from a headshave.
But once the idea to do it alongside a few drinks and barbecue took hold it quickly spiralled into something unstoppable.
“It was a ripper day. People are still talking about it,” organiser Louise Nield said. Earlier in the year, Ms Nield’s son Charlie lost his friend David Sharrock to cancer.
The fund-raiser for a south-west integrated cancer care centre morphed into a big night, with singers Shane Howard and Kayla Dwyer taking the microphone at the pub.
Whispers also spread that Ms Nield had issued the challenge “if someone can make it up to $1000 I’ll shave my head”. “The hat went around and came back with $1700 in it.”
Ms Nield’s hair, which ran “halfway down my back”, was soon on the floor.
While the night might have been the biggest in Macarthur for a while, Ms Nield turned down the idea of becoming a promoter of an annual event.
“Only if someone else does the work,” she said. “We just got a lot of people on board. It was hard work,” Ms Nield said, thanking everyone involved.