Warrnambool teen Georgia Billings’ goal of raising $5000 for cancer is close to becoming a reality after a fundraiser on Sunday.
Georgia, 16, has already raised $4500 towards her target, $1500 of that was added during Sunday’s event at The Whalers featuring local bands and raffles.
“It was a great turnout. It was amazing, I didn’t think anyone was coming,” she said.
“Considering we got over $1000 and I didn’t even shave my hair today.”
Georgia is hoping to raise even more money when she loses her locks at another event on October 21 at the Old Collegians Football Netball Club at 7pm.
She said that so many people had been touched by cancer.
“That’s why there was such a large turnout, because everyone cares about cancer,” she said.
Georgia said her aunt passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2012.
Her dad’s friend, who was like a grandfather to her, had passed away in 2013.
She said her father’s side of the family had been affected numerous times with her dad’s uncle and grandfather both dying of cancer.
Georgia’s grandmother had also previously fought stomach, and more recently breast cancer.
“It’s just affected our family so much and I wanted to do something about it,” she said.
“It hurts your family to have to go through that.”
Money raised when Georgia shaves her hair off will go to the Cancer Council Victoria.
Her hair will then be donated to charities that provide wigs for people receiving cancer treatment.
For more information on Georgia’s campaign, visit her Winged Warriors Facebook page.