Meet Miki: cool, calm, and compassionate at aged seven
LOTS of seven-year-old girls want their hair tied in pretty pony and pigtails but Miki Gunkel is happy to be rid of it.
The little kid with the big heart was happy to lose her golden locks in front of supportive friends after school this afternoon at Infiniti Hair, Caloundra, for the World's Greatest Shave.
Her mother, Samantha Saunders, said she had been looking forward to it for a long time.
"She's been counting down the sleeps. two nights ago, she said, 'I'm a little bit nervous. But I'm really excited'," Samantha said.
Miki was inspired to shave her head by her aunt, who died from an aggressive ovarian cancer.
She wanted to do it last year but did not have enough time to fundraiser but was determined not to miss her chance this year.
With her mother's help, she started fundraising online and then set up more than a dozen donation tins, mostly on the Sunshine Coast.
"Her first target was $500 and she blitzed that and moved to $1000 and she blitzed that and moved to $1500," Samantha said.
They still had two tins to check at the time of publication but Samantha expected Miki to come close to her final target if not surpass it.
Samantha said her daughter was just a cool kid with a capacity for generosity.
"She's got a heart of gold. She'd be the first person to give up the last of whatever she had for you," she said.
Other Sunshine Coast kids not afraid to lose their locks for a good cause are:
Madeline Gasparotto, a Suncoast Christian College Year 8 student who will be cutting her hair at school at assembly at 8.30am on Tuesday, March 15, to raise funds and awareness for alopecia, a hair loss condition.
Tanner Cavanagh, a Mountain Creek State School five-year-old who had his face and hair coloured during last year's World's Greatest Shave and enjoyed it so much he decided to go the whole hog this year. He has already doubled his fundraising target of $2000.
Oliver Naylor, a year two student at Mountain Creek State School, who has grown his hair especially to shave it off and has doubled his fundraising target.
Jordan Brown, who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia at 14 and underwent a stem cell transplant five years ago. He is still undergoing medical treatment. He will be shaved with Team Adem at a public shave at the Maroochydore Homemaker Centre this Saturday morning, March 12
Riley Marsh, a Chancellor College year six student who had a friend diagnosed with leukaemia when she was eight. He has been growing his hair for a year to shave it off for the fundraiser.