Kristy a cut above

Kristy Murphy will wave goodbye to her locks and husband Ross was the first to lend a shearing hand.
Kristy Murphy will wave goodbye to her locks and husband Ross was the first to lend a shearing hand. Georja Ryan

IF Sinead O'Connor can pull it off, so too can Warwick resident Kristy Murphy.

On March 17, Mrs Murphy will bravely shave her lustrous locks to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

She said it was a small sacrifice to help a worthy cause.

"Why not? It's only hair - it will grow back," Mrs Murphy said.

"I'm lucky enough that I can choose to lose my hair."

Reasons for the decision to shave her head did not derive from personal experiences with cancer, but from a drive to help others.

Her inspiration was fuelled by her mother who did the Shave for a Cure a few years ago.

"My goal is to beat my mum's record which was $1500, and so far I have raised $500," she said.

Mrs Murphy said she was not scared to shave her head, and refused to wear a wig.

"I will be bald and proud of it!

"Plus, when you're a mum of three, it's one less thing to do in the morning."

Husband Ross Murphy fully supports his wife's decision.

"I'll love her unconditionally - hair or no hair," Mr Murphy said.

Mrs Murphy is asking for support from local businesses and individuals.

"You can go online to sponsor me, and Westside Foodworks, My Optical and Hair Kreations all have boxes where people can donate," she said.

Mrs Murphy will shave her head at her own home with some close friends.

"Someone needs to do it, so I'll do it - I just need people to get behind me."


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