Blundell to shave for brave little lady battling cancer
BE BRAVE and shave is a catch-phrase we have all heard, and in two weeks time the Meiklejohn family and Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell will be doing just that.
Their aim is to show their support for 10-year-old Caitlyn Meiklejohn and to raise money for Camp Quality.
Caitlyn is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment for a brain tumour on her pituitary gland.
As a result the brave young girl has lost all her hair.
Instead of being upset, Caitlyn is using it as a chance to raise some money for a charity organisation that has helped her and her family during this difficult time.
Caitlyn did not need to pull out too many persuasive speech tactics to get the Mayor involved.
"I asked him using my cutest smile," Caitlyn said.
"He said 'If you want me to, I will'."
Cr Blundell said it was a no-brainer.
"I've known Caitlyn as long as I have known Neil, which is going on five years," he said.
"She is a great kid full of enthusiasm and positive attitude. It will be an absolute pleasure."
Cr Blundell said he had never shaved his head before.
"I've shaved my beard once or twice," he said. "I'm looking forward to it."
Caitlyn's dad Neil, mum Sharyn and brother Jacob will also face the cut. Jacob said he was a little bit nervous.
"But it will grow back," he said.
"It is a cool way to support Caitlyn."
All those going under the scissors will be in the capable hands of the hairdressers from Clare's Hair Together.
Hairdresser Storm Lahiss said they were happy to support Caitlyn.
"She is a very brave girl," she said.
"We have a Camp Quality donation box in the salon as well."
Others can show their support by donating to the cause via the Shave 4 CJ website.
How to help
- Website: mycampquality.org.au/shave4cj to make a donation
- Head to the Shave 4 CJ at Rose City Shoppingworld on March 2 from 10am-2pm.
- Donate a prize for the raffle by calling Neil Meiklejohn on 0419 674 182.
- Bid for a painting in the silent auction of Caitlyn's abstract canvas artwork on March 2.