Timyka musters up to shave down for World's Greatest Shave
TIMYKA Hancox lost both her grandmother and a close family friend to cancer but said that was not why she wanted to join the World's Greatest Shave.
Timyka was inspired by the prospect of simply lending a hand to the many touched by the disease, not just the few close to her.
"(My grandmother's) passing about eight years ago is still fresh in my mind but that's not why I'm doing it," she said.
"Cancer is really common and I can't sit back and watch it go by without doing something."
The 24-year-old said a family friend's death this week drove home just how prevalent the disease was, and how close to home it hit.
"He had really aggressive cancer, but only found out three weeks ago he had it," she said.
"It was all through his body, just everywhere.
"It's a bit of a shock to the system."
She said her shave this month was for everyone who was touched by the same devastation.
"It's really sad news and I hope I make a difference to people in his situation," she said.
While Timyka said her friends, family and co-workers were all "shocked" when she told them she would shave her head, they couldn't be more supportive.
"I think Mum was the most shocked because I'm not really out there or anything," she said.
"But they've all been pushing me and are all pretty excited for me."
The Kingaroy local will shave her head outside her work in the Subway carpark in Kingaroy on Saturday, March12, from 11.30am-1.30pm.
She urged people to join in and shave their heads but said there were other ways to help out as well.
"There'll be stuff for the kids, hair spray painting and raffles," she said.
Timyka said her goal was to raise $3000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.
For more details, phone Timyka on 0448541111.