GLOUCESTER local Tracey Relf has shaved her head to raise money for cancer research.
All funds raised from the shave off will be donated to Cancer Council NSW Clip for a Cause.
The shave off took place outside the AGL building on Monday.
“Thanks to the generosity of not only the close knit Gloucester community but the staff of AGL for whom I work, my target of $700 has exceeded all expectations with more than $2000 raised to date,” Tracey said.
Tracey’s mother Denise is currently undergoing her own cancer battle and the shave off coincided with the day she started chemotherapy.
“Cancer scares me. It is silent and it hurts our loved ones,” Tracey said.
“When I was young, we lost my lovely aunt Jan to cancer and I have also lost two wonderful uncles to cancer, but I have two aunties who have had breast cancer, fought it and won.
“Just recently it really hit home when my beautiful, loving mum was diagnosed with breast cancer, but I know she will beat it too.”
Following her mum’s diagnosis, Tracey had her own cancer scare.
Fortunately, following a mammogram and ultrasound which culminated in a biopsy, Tracey has been given the all clear.
“I have always given donations to help cancer research in the hopes that there will one day be a cure and boy, have they done some great research,” she said.
A sausage sizzle was held outside the AGL building on Monday during the shave off.
Dave Fraser of Avon Valley Meats donated the meat and Foodworks donated bread, onions and soft drinks.