BENDIGO's Naomi Fayers is shaving her shoulder-length hair to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
The St John of God Hospital recovery nurse watched her aunty battle lymphoma and handle the trauma of losing her hair following chemotherapy treatment.
“As if lymphoma isn't bad enough, the final insult is to lose all of your hair,” Naomi said.
Inspired by her aunty, Naomi is shaving her head as a way of doing something that makes baldness more acceptable in the eyes of people who have cancer.
Together with her colleague Naomi is aiming to raise $2000, and with six weeks left until the shave, she has already reached $1900.
Naomi has placed donation tins in all of the wards at St John of God Hospital and at Bendigo Health, where she also works.
“Whether its $2 or $50, every last cent donated could find a cure,” she said.
Naomi will allow people to cut shapes into her hair before the shave.
“I've always wanted to have a mohawk; we might as well make the experience fun,” she said.
Naomi’s shave will take place at St John of God Hospital on March 14 at noon.