Student shaves head for formal and Leukaemia Foundation

CLOSE SHAVE: Manik hairdresser Shell Whyatt shaves Callie Bale hair for cancer research.
CLOSE SHAVE: Manik hairdresser Shell Whyatt shaves Callie Bale hair for cancer research. Veda Dante

TEENAGE girls go through a lot for their end-of-year formal, agonising over the right dress, booking the best make-up artist, deliberating over a date, but shaving their hair is rarely one of them.

Seventeen-year-old Callie Bale from Ewingsdale didn't let this major event on the school social calendar get in the way of her goal to support the Leukaemia Foundation.

"I thought it would be a fun way to raise money for the World's Greatest Shave and when I looked into it, I saw that more money is needed to find a cure for leukaemia as unfortunately the outcome is not usually a good one," she said.

"So far I have raised a bit over $2700, but people are still donating after seeing that I have actually gone though with it."

Callie's friends turned up to support the Xavier Catholic College student as she took the bold step of having her lustrous shoulder-length hair reduced to a buzz cut.

"It's only hair, it will grow back," she said. It makes you feel good to give back to the community and know that you may have helped someone in need."

Owner of Manik The Hair Studio in Byron Bay, Merrilyn Priest, said she was proud to have supported Callie in her goal to raise funds for cancer research.

"She is a very courageous young woman and I admire her very much," she said.

Topics:  leukaemia foundation school formals xavier catholic college

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