Editorial - Monday, December 2: Real beauty doubles up

LAST week, young mum and alopecia sufferer Breanna Hastings graced our pages.

She spoke of the struggles she faced when her hair fell out because of the condition.

She spoke of her self-confidence reaching an all-time low; how she cowered and covered her head when her friends saw for the first time that her hair was falling out in clumps.

Then she spoke of how her conviction changed with time and she realised she was beautiful even if she was bald.

Today, Josie Collins is on our front page because of her commitment to the World's Greatest Shave and to raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

She also wants to inspire other women, to help them realise they can be beautiful whether they have hair or not.

Breanna and Josie are both born and bred Valley girls. They went through our local schools and grew up in our community and now they're both doing something that is nothing short of inspirational.

It's comforting to know there are people like these two around, and it's an absolute pleasure to share their stories.

Jojo Newby



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