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Colourful locks to be clipped

Friday, 15th March, 2013

Mel Lukoschek’s colourful hair comes off at the trots tonight. Mel Lukoschek’s colourful hair comes off at the trots tonight.

By Emily Roberts

A woman who dyed her locks purple will say goodbye to them tonight in Shave for a Cure.

Mel Lukoschek's colourful hair has made a fashion statement over the past couple of months it will go in honour of family and friends who have lost their lives to cancer.

The Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave this week 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.

"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."

She said this year she felt ready to do it.

"I've got good support from my children. They are very excited, although my older one said he's moving out."

Mel has raised about $1,000 and has 16 donation tins around the city.

"Businesses around town have been really good. I've been getting a good community response," she said.

She can also be contacted on her personal Facebook page and has support from Menindee people who will be hosting a bingo night.

"I'm shaving my hair this Friday at the trots," she said.

"After it's all off, I might do a walk through some of the pubs and try to raise some more money."

Mel said she was getting nervous but "at least I won't have to wash it anymore."

She has some colourful wigs to wear to her work, at Playtime Preschool, until it grows back.

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