In a unique exercise that showcased the power of family support, Chloe Coles and her father Steve Coles shaved their hair to raise funding for Whyalla Pink Spirits.
The duo were inspired by Sharon Powell, Chloe’s mother-in-law, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and lost her hair through chemotherapy.
Challenging their friends and family to vote for how much they would shave, Chloe ended up shaving her hair down to a number four after a vote by those in attendance.
Just over 100 people attended the charity chop at the Weeroona Bay Football Club back in September, with many donating towards the good cause.
Chloe said the support on the night was ‘overwhelming and very humbling’.
“I’m still on a high from the gracious support of our community, it’s really nice when you host an event like this and get this amount of support...it’s heartwarming,” she said.
Both Chloe and Steve agreed that the night was ‘a lot of fun’.
“Organising the event alone was a lot of work but it was worth it,” she said.
The total raised was $5,184, with the cheque being presented to the Whyalla Pink Spirits earlier this week.
“It felt great to see the look on the ladies’ faces, it was well worth the wait,” Chloe said.
The funding will be put towards the purchase of a new Cold Cap Machine for the Chemotherapy Ward of the Whyalla Hospital. The machine helps limit hair loss during cancer treatment.
Pink Spirits President Ralene Williams thanked the Coles family for their generous donation.
Chloe and Steve thanked Weeroona Bay Football Club, Breeze Cafe, The Left Hand Club, Bayview Sporting and Social Club, the Middleback Arts Centre, City Surf, Whyalla Vet Clinic, RT Diesel, Signarama, Courtney Hewett, Val Van Genderen, Fee Moellner, Matt Mallee and Graeme Stephenson for supporting the event.