Shae’s big cut for kindness

Shae’s sister Jade does the honours, cutting one of the ponytails.
Shae Smith before her haircut.
Shae after her cut.

When it comes to kind people, Shae Smith is up there amongst the kindest.

At the weekend the lovely 22-year-old took the step to have around 50cm of her hair cut, donating it to the World’s Greatest Shave to be made into wigs for cancer sufferers. 

On top of that, all the money Shae has raised will go to help local cancer patients through Gundagai Can Assist. 

The total currently sits at $4730 – far exceeding Shae’s $2000 goal – with fundraising continuing online until the end of this week.

The World’s Greatest Shave says cut ponytails have the power to become a charitable wig for someone suffering from cancer and give them back their confidence.

Shae had five ponytails cut on Saturday night, with the hair now bagged up and ready to be sent off to help make a wig.

“I’m lucky enough to have so much hair but unfortunately that’s not the case for some cancer sufferers. By donating my hair to someone who is going through cancer treatment, I’m hoping that it will help them to feel more confident during a tough time,” Shae said.

“This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a while. I have quite a few people close to me that have recently been diagnosed and that really was the push for me to say, ‘that’s it, I’m going to do this’.

“All the money raised will go to Can Assist which is such a fantastic local charity and I love the idea of knowing that the funds raised will go to helping local people.”

Shae’s family and friends gathered at Lott’s Family Hotel on Saturday night to see her lose her beautiful locks on what was Shae’s 22nd birthday.

In support of Shae and her mission to help others, Peter Lott, Mick Lott, Jaxon Hayes, Megan King and Shae’s dad, James, all had their heads shaved at the event, with a big ‘thank you’ to Tahnee Franklin from Indulge.U for donating her time and expertise to do the honours for Shae and co, on the night.

Shae was gobsmacked while counting up the tally on Sunday night and said she could not be more grateful for the support.

“I couldn’t believe how well it all went; everyone has been so incredibly generous,” she said.

“We are such an amazing little town and I appreciate it so much.”

Can Assist Gundagai president Phil Smith was on hand at the event to thank Shae for her wonderful efforts to support the local branch.

“I got a phone call from Shae’s dad a couple of weeks ago and he was the proudest dad in Australia; it’s a very big thing for Shae to do,” Phil said.

“With the money given to us by kind young people like Shae, and from the community, each dollar that is given stays in our community. It goes towards people being able to afford to travel to Sydney, Wagga, Canberra, Orange, wherever the cancer treatment facility may be. It goes towards accommodation costs and assists with the cost of medication. 

“You never know who we could be called on to assist, but we cannot help people unless the kind people of this community help us, so we very much appreciate everything Shae has done.”

Can Assist Gundagai president Phil Smith thanks Shae Smith for her fundraising efforts to support the local branch.
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