Bossley Park resident Michelle Lam loves her hair.
For eight years she has grown her luscious locks to a point where it makes her feel “confident, happy and unique”.
But she loves her dad more. That’s why her hair that stretches all the way down her back is coming off.
Michelle’s father Tri Hue Lam was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and died in 2015.
“Seeing him go through the physical, emotional pain was the most difficult thing. My father was such a remarkable person he was so strong and brave right through to his last breath,” she said.
“That’s why I’m doing this. He is my hero and I want to raise as much money as possible.”
The 24-year-old will donate her hair to Ascot Wigmakers who provide wigs for chemotherapy patients and accident and burns victims.
She also hoping to raise $3000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.
“My whole family is going to come and see. I’m going to miss my hair. I was very nervous at first but all the words of support has been amazing and I’m excited to do this wonderful thing for my dad,” she said.
Lam, who works as VIP supervisor at Club Marconi, will be cutting her hair at the Club Marconi World’s Greatest Shave event on Saturday, March 18.
The family-friendly afternoon will have free face painting and kids entertainment.
For every person who shaves or colours their hair, Club Marconi will donate $50. The club will also match what Michelle and fellow Club Marconi employee Giuseppe Saffioti raise.
Mr Saffioti is shaving his head and beard as part of the event which runs from noon-5pm.
He is encouraging others to “be brave and shave” to help them break last year’s fundraising effort of $10,000.
“It would be great to see a big crowd here on the day helping us to raise a lot of money,” the Edensor Park resident said.
“I host the event so I wanted to get involved. Its not hard for me to grow my beard and hair, but it helps out so much more by shaving it.
“So many people don’t like me having a beard and I keep telling them to donate some money and it will come off.”
Fundraising events like the World’s Greatest Shave means the Leukaemia Foundation is able to invest millions into blood cancer research each year.
In Australia, new analysis confirms that blood cancer death rates alone have soared by a fifth in just 10 years.
Blood cancer – including diseases like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma – remain the leading cause of death children aged 1-14, along with drowning.
“Research into some blood cancers, particularly lymphoma, gets relatively little Government support and so we urgently need to find ways to fund more of this critical work,” Leukaemia Foundation’s General Manager NSW/ACT Christine McMillan said.
“Research into some blood cancers, particularly lymphoma, gets relatively little Government support and so we urgently need to find ways to fund more of this critical work.”
To donate: http://bit.ly/2kTHIlK
Club Marconi’s World's Greatest Shave event, Saturday March 18, noon-5pm.