Losing their hair to support kids with cancer

AS THE clippers hit the first lock of her hair, Carol Holmes was well prepared for what was to come.

"Get rid of it all," she smiled.

Carol lost her hair this week along with her Coles Yamba manager Shane Edie as part of an agreement the pair made to raise money for cancer charity Red Kite.

CLOSE CALL: Coles staff member Carol Holmes look over their new haircuts after the store raised $13,013 for Red Kite – and they both shaved their hair at the $10,000 mark. PHOTOS: ADAM HOURIGAN
CLOSE CALL: Coles staff member Carol Holmes look over their new haircuts after the store raised $13,013 for Red Kite – and they both shaved their hair at the $10,000 mark. PHOTOS: ADAM HOURIGAN

"Last year we raised around $6500, so Carol said to us that if we could get the amount to $10,000 she'd shave her head," Shane said.

"And I told her if she did it that I'd go in there with her."

Coming up to yesterday, the store smashed its target, so far raising $13,013 and becoming one of the top six stores to fundraise nationally, and out came the clippers.

"I thought he'd chicken out," Carol laughed.

"But I wanted to get people involved in raising money, and this really did the trick."

Carol said the Red Kite charity was something she was very passionate about.

"I want to make people aware of the wonderful work Red Kite does,"

"Children don't ask to get cancer, and they need the help now - they can't wait for the cure.

"At the end of the day for me, it's only hair."

Carol said she was ecstatic the local community had supported the store in raising money.

"It really shows what a good bunch of people that have supported us and we've gone past what we expected."

"Now we've got to think about how we top this effort this year."

As for her new hairdo which had never been shorter than her shoulders, Carol gave it a quick look-over.

"It's a bit cold, but it's fine" she grinned.



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