To save or shave?

SHAVE: Stephen Coles (left) and Chloe Coles (right) are raising funds to support cancer battlers like Sharon Powell (middle). Credit: Courtney Hewett Photography.
SHAVE: Stephen Coles (left) and Chloe Coles (right) are raising funds to support cancer battlers like Sharon Powell (middle). Credit: Courtney Hewett Photography.

To save or to shave – that is the question that Chloe and Stephen Coles will put to the community as they raise funds to support cancer battlers around Whyalla.

Sharon Powell, Chloe’s mother-in-law, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2016. As part of her treatment, Ms Powell underwent six rounds of chemotherapy and ultimately lost her hair.

This spurred Chloe and her father Stephen to organise a Save or Shave event, with a fundraising target of $6000.

All proceeds will go towards purchasing a cold cap machine for the Whyalla Chemotherapy ward, which helps limit hair loss during cancer treatment. Any additional funds will be donated to the Whyalla Pink Spirits.

Chloe is putting her long hair on the line while Stephen is offering to shave his hair and beard, which he’s had for the past 15 years. 

Those who donate can vote to have the duo shave their hair, or to save it, and the option with the highest number of votes will happen.

“Initially I thought I could never shave my hair, but thinking about how Sharon’s hair loss had affected her I realised it was a small thing I could do to show her that we support her,” Chloe said.

The fundraising for the cold cap machine was initiated by Breast Cancer Nurse Kate Kroll, with $30,000 of the $40,000 required having been raised already.

Ms Powell, who now sports a wig she received through the Hair to Help Wig Library, thought the Save or Shave was a great initiative. Her treatment has been paying off as well.

”I’m feeling a lot better, things are more positive compared to what they were six or eight months ago,” she said.

The Save or Shave event will be held at the Weeroona Bay Football Club on September 22 at 6pm. It will feature music by Just Me, a silent auction, raffles, cupcakes, a coin slide and lucky squares. Food will be provided by Breeze Bistro on the night.

Donation tins are currently placed at different locations around town, including the Middleback Arts Centre, Breeze Bistro, Whyalla Visitors Centre, Steel City Tyres and more. The event is being sponsored by the Bay-View Sporting and Social Club and Weeroona Bay FC.