Sharni Wren, Owen Hasler and Tamara Hasler are getting ready to lose their locks as part of World’s Greatest Shave.
Sharni Wren, Owen Hasler and Tamara Hasler are getting ready to lose their locks as part of World’s Greatest Shave. Adam Hourigan

Hair we go for another close shave

Sharni Wren knows what it takes to brave the World's Greatest Shave, and is ready to go again.

This time Sharni will be joined by two Maclean High School students for the shave, her boyfriend Owen Hasler and his sister Tamara, who will as a group shave in memory of Sharni's grandmother June, who died from leukemia in August last year.

"My nan and I were very close, I lived with her so she was a big part of my life," Sharni said.

"I actually watched my nan the whole time she was going through leukemia and her treatment, and it changed her completely.

"It didn't really seem like her at the end.

"I spent the whole last day with her.

"It was pretty hard, that last day."

Owen and Tamara have also been affected by cancer, losing their aunty to cancer a few years ago.

The shave will take place at 10.30am on March 14 at Clarence Village Dougherty Villa, where Sharni works.

"All the residents are excited, which is good," Sharni said.

"They keep bringing up the date every time I'm at work, they're saying I'm going to be bald again, because I had not long started working there after the first time I did it."

For Owen and Tamara this will be their first time taking part in the shave.

They said it's a daunting prospect going through a buzz cut, but Owen said it was a small sacrifice that can make a big difference.

"It's only hair, it grows back after so long and you're doing such a little thing to help someone in a big way, you're only losing your hair and you're helping them out," he said.

"When you look at it, you might end up with leukemia, to think you helped someone out and if later on you have to go through it, well at least you know there's going to be someone helping you."

Tamara said the World's Greatest Shave was growing in popularity for young people. Both Owen and Tamara are students of Maclean High School, taking the tally participating in this year's shave from the school to six.

"It's more of an experience I think, you get to feel what it's like for someone who loses their hair when they go through chemo," Tamara said.

The group aim to better Sharni's total from her last shave two years ago, with the benchmark at $2335.



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