GALLERY: Hardy heroes put their head on the line for leukemia

TIFFANY Johnstone’s best friend is her beanie after the 16-year-old relief milker was one of many south-west residents who supported the World’s Greatest Shave on the weekend.

“All I’ve been doing is wearing beanies — and I milk cows on weekends,” Tiffany said after losing her locks in support of the Leukaemia Foundation on Saturday afternoon at Warrnambool’s Proudfoots On The River.

She said her aunt Lesley and step-mother’s mum Dorothy had both suffered cancer and she and friend Tamiko-Shae Walter-Stones decided to shave their heads.

The girls raised $931.60.

“I was out to milk cows at 6am this morning at Conns Lane. It was very cold. My ears were turning blue. My dad thought it was very funny,” Tiffany said.

The Loft nightclub owner Jarrod Hawker said regular patron Molly Mitchell would exceed her target of raising $5000 after enduring a shave on Saturday night.

He said Ms Mitchell, 21, had her head shaved at 9pm and had raised $4500 before Saturday’s event.

“Molly has done an enormous amount of work and there’s tins around Warrnambool supporting her. She’s a friend of The Loft and we just tried to help out with a venue,” he said.

Hawkesdale’s Lisa Smith and her father Peter had a target of raising $1000 and their efforts yesterday topped $2000.

Ms Smith said four people got a shave at Hawkesdale’s event yesterday which included stalls, horse rides, a jumping castle, face painting and a barbecue.

“There was a really good turnout. Dad and I had a target of $1000 and we’ve made over $2000 in the four or five weeks we’ve been going, including $700 today,” she said.

“There were four shaves — me, my father Peter as well as Hawkesdale’s Julie McCullough and her brother Bill who has been having his head shaved for 17 years.”

Ms Smith said a family friend took part in the World’s Greatest Shave last year which inspired her involvement.

“I have a five-year-old son and I think every child should have a chance in life. I just wanted to do something to aid leukaemia research. I’d just like to thank our small Hawkesdale community for the great turnout today,” she said.

Each day in Australia 31 people are given the devastating news that they have leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorder.

World’s Greatest Shave raises about half the money the Leukaemia Foundation needs to fund its important work — providing support to people with blood cancer, as well as millions of dollars for research.

The target for the appeal this year was $4.15 million.

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