Gordon Rowlings, son Matthew, Cheryl Dart owner of Oxford Cut Barber, daughter Jessica and mum Janet participated in the World’s Greatest Shave on Saturday.
Gordon Rowlings, son Matthew, Cheryl Dart owner of Oxford Cut Barber, daughter Jessica and mum Janet participated in the World’s Greatest Shave on Saturday.

Rowlings raised thousands for the Leukaemia Foundation

FOR the first time in her life, 15-year-old Jessica Rowlings had her hair cut in support of a friend who had been impacted by leukaemia.

The teenager courageously donated 70cm of her luscious blonde locks to the World’s Greatest Shave.

It was a whole family affair with mum Janet, dad Gordon and brother Matthew all getting involved.

Cheryl Dart owner of Oxford Cut Barbershop shaved the whole family, and their hair will be donated to make wigs for cancer patients.

Janet said a family friend’s daughter was impacted by leukaemia at age five.

“She is now a happy, healthy adult who thankfully has hardly any memories of that time,” Janet said.

“Her mum told me that they are eternally grateful to the Leukaemia Foundation as they accommodated them in a fully furnished unit for 10 months at no cost while they were in Brisbane for treatment.

“It’s a wonderful service and support for people who’s circumstances change in an instant.”

The family raised more than $4000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

“We’re so thrilled with the support the Roma community and our friends from around Australia have given us, by sponsoring our family to shave,” Janet said.

“This will be a great help to families facing the shock of a blood cancer diagnosis and will also help with research into finding a cure for blood cancer.

“We just want to say ‘thank you’ so much to everybody, particularly Cheryl Dart from Oxford Cut Barber Shop who conducted the shave.”

Son Matthew has been offered $150 to keep his mullet throughout the school holidays.

Janet said her mum didn’t recognise Jessica and herself after the shave.

“It’s also funny the looks I’ve been getting as I drive around town when I forget to wear my beanie,” she said.

“It’s been a bit cold at night, but the shave was so much fun and it’s for such a great cause.”


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