Shontayah McIlwraith raises $12,100 in shaving her hair for cancer research

Ceduna's Shontayah McIlwraith raised more than $12,000 in shaving her hair late last month for cancer research.

The shave, which took place at Crossways Lutheran School, was a way for the 14-year-old to honour her late grandmother, who passed away from cancer in July, and raise money for Cancer Council SA.

The night included a barbecue, face painting and a photo booth, plus other fundraising avenues including an auction and raffle.

Shontayah said she was pleased with the event and the support she received from the Ceduna community.

"A lot of people turned up, it was a nice night and very emotional," she said.

"I am very happy with the support, I'm happy with all the people who turned up and my family who supported me."

Shontayah said she was happy with the new look, especially given why it came about.

Her father, Andrew McIlwraith, said he was thrilled with how the evening went and the support received.

"We started the night with $6600 raised and then we raised the rest on the night," he said.

"It was really good to see the community support, with people backing Shontayah financially and offering moral support for the cause.

"I thought we might have 15 to 20 people there, but there were many more than that present."

He said Shontayah's hair was platted before being shaved and each plat was auctioned off and then cut, which raised $1200 in itself.

"A lot of people who came up had family connections, including her nanna's sister, and it was a very touching and emotional night."

Shontayah said people could still donate to the cause through her GoFundMe page.