Taking the chop for cancer

THE last time Ruth Bhaskar-Clarke had super-short hair, she was just a tiny two- year-old.

So this weekend, when the Tawonga South woman gives up her luscious black locks for the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual fund-raiser Shave for a Cure, it’s going to be a shock to the system.

“My grandmother keeps saying ‘oh, your beautiful hair!’, but I tell her it’s OK, it will grow back,” she laughed.

Mrs Bhaskar-Clarke has always worn her hair long — at one stage it was even long enough to sit on — but was keen to take part in the fund-raiser.

She and her husband Tim Clarke will both be shaving their heads tomorrow, at noon outside the Mount Beauty Bakery.

“I’d been thinking about it for a few years,” she said.

“You just see so many people go through illness ... and recently there’s been a few people we know in town in Mount Beauty who have lost their lives to cancer.

“It’s not a lot for you to lose (your hair) and maybe you can understand what they’re going through just a little.”

So far they’ve raised $800 and they’re hoping to get to $1000 by the weekend.

Her locks won’t be going to waste either — she’ll be donating her tresses to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, who will turn them into a wig to be donated to cancer patients.

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