Cutting for a good cause
IT HAS been almost 15 years since BJ Creed had short hair, but on Jacaranda Thursday, October 31, BJ and her sister-in-law Emma Thrum will get their lovely long locks cut to raise money for cancer research.
"I've been a registered nurse for a decade and I've seen so many different people affected by cancer," BJ said.
"And Emma has lost family and friends to cancer too. We were talking on Father's Day and we just decided we wanted to do something.
"We are both mums - I have a daughter, Violet, who is just six months old and Emma has a little girl Zoe, who will be three in December," BJ said
"We would love our kids to grow up in a society that is, if not cancer-free, has better treatments and outcomes for cancer patients.
"We chose Australian Cancer Research Fund because 100% of what you raise goes to the cause.
"These guys aren't as flash as some other charities out there; we don't have great posters or pens and things to give away."
The women set a goal of $1000, but they're not too far off that with $800 already raised, so they're going to increase the goal amount.
"We have just been blown away by the support we have received," BJ says.
"My husband's hockey club has been so generous; we raised over $400 the very first day. And Kerrie DiMattia of DiMattia Hairdressing is supporting our cause and will be cutting and styling our hair on the day for free."
BJ says Elders Grafton has pledged $100, as has Cetnaj in Grafton and she is hoping to get more businesses involved.
As well as donating money to the cause, Emma and BJ are looking to donate their hair to the Pantene Beautiful Length program, which provides free, real-hair wigs to women who have lost their locks through cancer treatment.
"They have pretty strict guidelines about the hair they accept," Becky says.
"Emma has been accepted and I am waiting to hear back."
YOU CAN HELP
To donate to BJ and Emma's cause, go to http://www.everydayhero.com and find Grafton Girls. Any donation, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated by the girls.