“My name is Gwennyth, I’m 9 years old and I am in grade four. I have one brother who is 11 years old. I also have a dog called Brownie who is very naughty and chews apart everything. I love to dance and sing.
Cancer research is really important, and I want to do what I can to help. I decided to shave my hair and raise money for Australian Cancer Research Foundation.
My Nonna had breast cancer and she lost her hair and sadly died. Both my great grandmothers also died from cancer. Luckily my Gran is a cancer survivor, but she had to fight hard to beat it. I got inspired by all of them and others who have had to battle cancer and lost the fight.
I felt very nervous and scared but I went through with it because I was so determined to help other people. I kept telling my mum, ‘It doesn’t matter, it’s just hair and it will grow back – other kids need my hair more than I do!’. After I shaved my head I felt really happy because I knew what I did was able to help so many people.
On the day of the shave, I held a fun morning tea and had all my friends over. My mum’s hairdresser came over, made 33 ponytails, and everyone had a go chopping one of them off (including me!) and then the hairdresser shaved the rest off using a number 1 and 2 blade. I have a very short hairdo now – just like Sinead O’Connor!
Shaving your head is a big responsibility and quite nerve-racking, but when you do it you just feel so much happier that you know you are helping people.”
Inspired and ready to do something bold for cancer research? Find out more about hosting a head shave for ACRF here.