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Mel's going all out in memory of lost friends

Monday, 21st January, 2013

Mel Lukoschek is seeking donations to the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave which she is joining in memory of the family and friends she has lost to cancer. Mel Lukoschek is seeking donations to the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave which she is joining in memory of the family and friends she has lost to cancer.

By Erica Visser

Mel Lukoschek's colourful hair may make a fashion statement, but soon she will opt for an even bolder look.

Mel will shave her head in honour of family and friends who have lost their lives to cancer.

The Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave will be held from March 14 to 17. The event is in its 14th year and has raised more than $138 million since it began.

Mel took part several years ago following the death of her grandmother and a friend within a short space of time.

"I did it six or seven years ago but I'm older now so I'm hoping it'll grow back," she said."Shaving it doesn't faze me - it's only hair - but I am going to be bald for St Pat's weekend!"

Back then she raised $1050 but this time she is hoping to double that.

"I've lost a lot of family members and close friends to different types of cancer," Mel said.

"That's why I decided to dye my hair first, to represent all the different types of cancer.

"I lost my grandmother to leukaemia and I've lost lots of young friends to different types of cancer."

Mel said that this year just seemed to be the right time to once again go under the clippers.

"The past few years there's been weddings and other things on," she said.

"This year I felt ready to do it again. I've got good support from my children. They are very excited, although my older one said he's moving out!"

Mel said she had already had an excellent response, raising $250 so far.

She said that anyone who wished to donate could do so via coin tins at various businesses around town.

She also hoped to place tins at the local grocery store at Menindee, where she is originally from. Alternatively, Mel can be contacted on her personal Facebook page.

Mel hopes to shave her head at the preschool where she works.

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