Crowning glory gets the chop in good cause
By RENEE REDMOND
HOLDING a tissue to her nose Tamara Duncan looked at her re- flection in the salon mirror to see her long hair being shaved back to a 'number one'. A crowd of onlookers at Rapt Hair Studio in Ballina, on Satur- day, cringed before frantically dig- ging into their pockets to give the Wyrallah 12-year-old a donation towards the Leukaemia Founda- tion World's Greatest Shave. Tamara had already raised $140 from family and friends, but after the shave she stood outside the salon and raised a further $268. Organiser and owner of Rapt Hair Studio, Debby Lawson, said $1051.75 was raised on Saturday, with people coming from as far away as The Channon to have their head shaved. Tamara's mother, Wendy Dun-
can, was in tears as the last of her daughter's hair was taken off. "I only agreed because she kept hassling me after seeing the advertisement on television a few weeks ago," she said. "Last week I gave in and we registered her on the internet. "This morning she got up and washed her hair for the last time." Tamara said she would keep her ponytail, measuring about 30cm, to remind her of her old hair. "It feels weird now," she said. Ballina SES volunteer, Ray Legge, raised more than $200 for his 'number zero' shave. "I had my passport photo- graphs taken yesterday so I wouldn't look like an Irish terror- ist for my overseas trip in Au- gust," the Alstonville resident said.
ABOVE: Rapt Hair own- er Debby Lawson shaves 12-year-old Ta- mara Duncan's hair as part of the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave, watched by Erin Baker, 8, of Ballina. Pictures: MARC STAPELBERG