Debbie Burley has seen enough of her family and friends suffer from cancer and has decided to make a stand.
The Kempsey woman will sacrifice her hair when she takes part in the World's Greatest Shave at the Pam Guyer OAM Netball Courts on Saturday May 25.
The decision to shave her head to raise funds for cancer research was a quick one for Ms Burley and she's hopeful her generous act can have a positive impact on someone's life.
"I decided to participate in the World's Greatest Shave out of the blue, the thought came to my head and I said 'I am going to do it'," Ms Burley told the Argus.
"I have been hit personally by cancer over the last couple of years, family members and friends have been diagnosed. But I think everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or another.
"I wanted to be able to help one or two families, maybe extend someone's life or aid in research, that's what it is all about."
Ms Burley had an initial target of $350 but as of this morning on May 17, she has raised more than $500 and set a new goal of $1000.
"I will be selling bacon and egg rolls at netball tomorrow and walking around with buckets to raise money," she said.
Ms Burley also encourages people to join her in the World's Greatest Shave.
"I don't want to steal the limelight, if anyone else wants to participate and raise money for a good cause then by all means join in," Ms Burley said.
"Every dollar will help so the more the better."
Ms Burley, who has a long history with netball and the Macleay Netball Association, will shave her head at 11.30am next Saturday, during a break of games.
"I began playing netball here when I was at school and have now coached for 30 plus years at a rep and club level," Ms Burley said.
"My daughter played here and now my grandchildren do too."
The money raised by Ms Burley will be donated to the Leukaemia Foundation.
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