A hair razing moment for leukaemia

Southern Cross University staffer and Leukaemia Foundation fundraiser Loma Graydon happily cuts off tutor Stephen Dullards 71cm ponytail, watched by amused staff members (l-r) osteopath Garth Duggan, massage therapist Gavin Cook and clinical director Paul Orrock, all from the Southern Cross Universitys School of Naturopathy.

Stephen Dullard has been nurturing his long, luscious locks for the best part of a decade, so it was with some trepidation that he got his 71cm ponytail cut off last week in support of the Leaukaemia Foundation.

The Southern Cross University School of Naturopathy tutor can take comfort in the fact that his thick mane will now provide a wig for a young cancer sufferer somewhere in NSW.

Stephens hair was expertly removed by fellow SCU colleague Loma Graydon, who recently received an OAM for her fundraising efforts with the Leukaemia Foundation. Loma is no stranger to removing hair for a good cause and has cut, coloured and shaved hundreds of heads since she instigated the Shave for a Cure fundraiser in Lismore back in 1998.

The hair has to be at least 30cm long to be made into wig, said Loma, so Stephens 71cm contribution is extremely valuable. We might even get two wigs out of it.

Stephen said it was a hair raising moment when Loma approached him with the shears, but now he feels like a new, albeit bald, man.

Gettting your hair cut off is nothing compared to what those kids with leukaemia go through, said Stephen. It really puts things into perspective and makes you realise how lucky you are.

Stephens shave raised nearly $500 and he said hell happily do it again in another decade when his hair grows back.


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