A crowd gathered at the Tourist Hotel on Friday night to cheer on Jemima Merritt and Leon Cunningham who were taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave.

The charity fundraiser involves people of all ages “channelling their inner superhero” and shaving, waxing or colouring their hair to raise money for the Leukemia Foundation.

Leon said it was Jemima’s idea for the couple to shave off their luscious locks to make some money for a worthy cause.

“Jem was doing it and I thought I may as well do it too and raise a bit of money,” said Leon.

Leon said Boggabri barber, ‘Mad Dog’ Gillham was given the honour of shaving their heads.

“I went first. He used this push bike set-up to control the shears that cut our hair.

“I think the haircut suits Jem actually, it does only take a couple of weeks for it to start to grow back.”

Leon said the couple aimed to raise $2000 together and so far they’ve collected $2833 for the Leukemia Foundation.

“We made about $1200 on the night and I got about $300 busking out the front but people can still donate.”

The Leukemia Foundation said every day 41 Australians are told they have blood cancer, that’s one person every 36 minutes, and sadly 20 people will lose their life to blood cancer daily.

More than 110,000 Australians are living with blood cancer or related disorders.

In 2020, the Leukaemia Foundation marks 22 years of World’s Greatest Shave, making it one of Australia’s longest running and most loved fundraising events.

More than two million Aussies have taken part over the past two decades, with an estimated 37,500 kilograms of hair removed.

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