Shaving for her mother
THIS weekend Stanthorpe's Bonita O'Brien will shave her shoulder-length hair - while more importantly honouring her "brave” mother - when she takes part in the Leukaemia Foundation World's Greatest Shave.
Mrs O'Brien, a mother of three, said her father Darryl would cut off her pony tail as the 'shave for a cure' got under way from 9am-11am at The Stanthorpe Piazza.
She said her 71-year-old mother Elaine Goebel, who passed away last October after three stem cell transplants and a courageous six-year battle with Multiple Myeloma, would be "pretty excited” about the event.
"Although she would be saying, 'I can't believe she's shaving her head.' I had told her last year that I was going to do the shave.
"Now, the closer I get to this weekend, the more butterflies I'm getting because the emotion of the day will be difficult. I'm feeling fine about the actual cutting of the hair itself.”
Mrs O'Brien has so far raised more than $10,000 and said the annual event was significant as raised awareness about cancer, while also providing a way for people to help.
"For us, I'm also looking at it as part of the healing process really.
"It's giving back what they gave us.
"I also want to say a big thank you to everyone who's donated so far. It's not me who's raised the money, it's the town.”
She said 25 Stanthorpe Swimming Club members, aged from 5 to 16, took part in a swim-athon last Friday and raised more than $2000.
Mrs O'Brien will also be joined in the shave by Southern Downs Regional Council's Vic Pennisi who will shave his beard, Belinda Lister, Ewan Young, Ron Look and Year 12 student Dylan Lihou. People can also continue to donate after this weekend's event by logging on to the Leukaemia Foundation World's Greatest Shave and entering 'Bonita O'Brien'.