Hailee’s shave a tribute to her grandfather

LONG HAIR NO MORE: Hailee Skinner will shave her hair to honour her late grandfather and raise money for cancer research next weekend. Picture: Luca Cetta
LONG HAIR NO MORE: Hailee Skinner will shave her hair to honour her late grandfather and raise money for cancer research next weekend. Picture: Luca Cetta

The desire to honour her late grandfather has motivated Ceduna’s Hailee Skinner to shave her hair for cancer research.

‘Hailee’s shave for cancer’ will take place on Saturday, October 20 at the Western United Football Club clubrooms at Penong, with all proceeds going to Cancer Council SA.

Having seen her grandmother battle cancer and after losing her grandfather, well-known Penong resident Stuart ‘Mutt’ Shipard, to cancer earlier this year, Hailee said it would be “an emotional night”.

“This is something I have been passionate about for a while and is a chance to honour my grandparents.

“I have mixed emotions – I am excited because it’s for a good cause and it is going to be something different for me, but it will be an emotional night,” she said.

The 16-year-old said she was “overwhelmed” by the support she had received from family, friends and the community.

Aiming to raise $3000 for the Cancer Council, she is almost at the $10,000 mark.

“I raised $3000 in the first 24 hours, which was my first goal and we are now up to $9800 which I am proud to have raised,” Hailee said.

“I’m overwhelmed and shocked by the level of support, especially when I set my goal so low not thinking that I would make that amount, and now I’ve got this much already.”

Roxanne Skinner said she was proud of her daughter.

“It’s something she wanted to do 18 months ago and I had her put it off, but this time when she decided she wanted to do it, dad was really sick and I said she could.

“Dad passed away in August and before that when Hailee spoke to him about it he was gobsmacked.

“It’s a way of processing what happened with her grandfather and will be a fun and emotional night.”

The event starts at 6pm, with a free barbecue dinner and entertainment from Bugi Weaver, while there will be an auction of about 40 items.

Mrs Skinner said a free 36-seat bus would be leaving Ceduna Area School at 5pm to head up to Penong and then return at the end of the night.

To secure a seat on the bus, call Roxanne Skinner on 0408 250 045.