A community fundraiser has raised about $26,000 for Cancer Council Tasmania.
Alex Clear and Dance Fit owner Megan Martin began fundraising with the aim to raise funds and awareness.
Ms Martin’s best friend and father both died of cancer, and Ms Clear’s son was one of the first pre-term babies to undergo chemotherapy in Australia.
“I wanted to raise some funds and launched Catch Ya Cancer in August,” Ms Martin said.
“It just became a lot bigger than we actually expected.
“I run a dance school which my friend who passed away had previously owned, so for me it was to raise awareness in that area as well.
“There’s lots of young kids, young adults, and adults as well that can spread the word a little bit too. They can get involved and keep her name alive as well.”
Ms Clear said she had always wanted to raise awareness and funds by shaving her hair, and saw that Ms Martin was planning to take on the challenge.
“We had dancing with my little boys in Megs’ class, and it was something I’d always wanted to do,” she said.
“My little boy Lennox had a tumor on his diaphragm when he was born … he ended up having to have chemo.
“He lost all his hair and eyelashes and eyebrows. When you’re a parent and you have a sick child, I guess you always go to the, ‘if only that were me, I wish that were me’.”
The duo shaved their heads at the Dance Fit end of year concert.
Ms Martin said initially the fundraising was through a GoFundraise page and donation boxes at local businesses.
“Then we had so many friends who wanted to get involved by hosting high teas, selling jewellery, all sorts of things,” she said.
Ms Martin said the fundraising was also about teaching kids to give back.
“There are kids at school that want to do bake sales, and kids at a different school … is doing a hair stall,” she said.
“These kids are starting to learn the gift of giving as well.”
- Donations can be made on the Catch Ya Cancer GoFundraise page until Christmas Eve.