Locks-raiser plans a brave shave for charity

Nicola KalmarBroome Advertiser
Brenton McKenna helps prepare daughter Lavinia for a hair-raising experience.
Camera IconBrenton McKenna helps prepare daughter Lavinia for a hair-raising experience. Credit: Nicola Kalmar

A brave Broome youngster will baldly go to great lengths to support people with blood cancer when she takes part in the World’s Greatest Shave next month.

Lavinia McKenna will join thousands of other Australians for the national campaign which encourages people to “be brave and shave” to raise money for people affected by leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders.

No stranger to carrying out good deeds, the plucky St Mary’s College primary school student has already been recognised for a previous act of kindness when she cut off her waist-long hair last November for Locks of Love.

Locks of Love is a not-for-profit organisation that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children and teenagers in the US and Canada who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

Lavinia told the Broome Advertiser she had wanted to take part in the WGS for the past two years to show solidarity with people living with medical hair loss.

“I really felt like helping the people who sometimes get embarrassed (with) people seeing them when they don’t have any hair,” she said.

Lavinia plans to shave her head at school on March 17 and hopes to raise $2000. To support her, search for Lavinia McKenna at www.worldsgreatestshave.com.au.

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