When Sue Bell's cousin was diagnosed with a rare cancer in January, the Woolsthorpe resident's first thought was of her hair.
The Peter Stoitse Transport tanker driver immediately wanted to do something to help and shaving her hair for the Leukemia Foundation became a priority.
"The day I heard the news I decided to do the shave," she said.
Ms Bell's call for help was heard throughout the community with neighbouring schools, hairdressers, emergency services and venues offering their support.
On Saturday she will shave her head at an evening event at the Woolsthorpe Hotel.
She will be joined by students from Woolsthorpe Primary School, Grasmere Primary School and Hawkesdale Kinder who will also colour and cut their hair.
"I haven't cut my hair since Christmas," Ms Bell said.
"And I wish I hadn't done it then so I'd have more to cut off."
Hoping to raise $10,000 through the shave, Ms Bell had a total of $7,000 by Thursday morning.
"If I can get to $10,000 my 70 year-old mum will shave her head in Perth via Facebook live," she said.
"And a mate Rohan who has a Ned Kelly-style bushy beard will shave it all off on Saturday.
"His kids have never seen him without it."
Ms Bell said for a gold coin donation kids can apply coloured hairspray and for $20 adults can join her in shaving their heads.
Her efforts are part of a campaign in which 20,000 Australians raise funds to help beat blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
More than 100,000 Australians are currently living with blood cancers and another 35 Australians are diagnosed every day.
Every 41 minutes an Australian loses their life to the disease.
Funds raised through World’s Greatest Shave help the Leukaemia Foundation continue to support families affected by blood cancer through advocating for equal access to new therapies and treatments as well as providing educational, emotional and practical support such as transport and accommodation at no cost.
"I hope one day no one has to shave their head for any sort of cancer," Ms Bell said.
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