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Nanango children shave for cure

AFTER SHOT: Alaqua Strang with Bobby, Billy and Jake Mcdonald all took part in the World's Greatest Shave.
AFTER SHOT: Alaqua Strang with Bobby, Billy and Jake Mcdonald all took part in the World's Greatest Shave. Tobi Loftus

FOUR Nanango children decided to shave and colour their hair as part of the World's Greatest Shave on Wednesday.

Eight-year-old Alaqua Strang decided to take part after a family tragedy.

"I'm doing it to raise money for cancer as we knew four people who had cancer,” Alaqua said.

"I'm shaving my hair and colouring it; I'm going to colour it rainbow.

"It's pretty scary but going to be good as well.”

Alaqua said she was not scared of how her fellow school students would react to her shaved head.

"I reckon they'll say good job to me, especially because it was for such a good cause,” she said.

Alaqua's mother Jodie Lawton said she was very proud of her daughter.

"She saw the World's Greatest Shave done last year and said 'Yep, that's what I'm doing',” Ms Lawton said.

"Her aunty passed away at age 27 from leukaemia, her great granddad and my best friend too.

"We've had a few in the family, her other granddad has cancer at the moment.”

Ms Lawton said Alaqua was hurt by all the loss.

"That is why she wanted to do her bit,” she said.

"She has a big heart.”

Siblings Jake, Billy and Bobby Mcdonald also took part, with the two boys shaving their heads and Bobby colouring hers.

Mum Kelly Mcdonald said their dad's mum was fighting leukaemia.

"The children talked amongst themselves then came to me and asked to do it,” she said.

"I let it go for a few days, then three weeks later I said yes and they signed up.

"It's their choice and we went about sorting it out.”

Fourteen-year-old Jake said he was proud of his 11-year-old brother and six-year-old sister.

"I'm happy to be doing this for my grandma. I hope this time makes her happy too,” Jake said.

"It's hard seeing her sick, but she's very strong about it.”

An early count suggested the two families together raised about $1900 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

South Burnett

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