Emily Olthof shaved her head for cancer at Nayland Primary last week. Photos: Jonty Dine.

Emily loses locks for leukaemia

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Emily Olthof felt a slew of emotions as the 11-year-old watched her long brown hair fall to the ground last Wednesday.


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The Nayland Primary student opted to shave her head and raise funds for patient support programmes and cancer research.

Emily managed to raise more than $2000 as she lost her hair in front of family and friends.

She began to shed tears when the hairdressers began to lop off her locks.

“It was a mix of happy, scared and excited.”


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Upon revealing her new look to her classmates, comparisons to Katy Perry were drawn.

“They are saying I look nice,” she said. “It’s a bit of a change, it feels different, I can’t feel any hair on my neck.”

An overwhelmed Emily was a bit lost for words following the transformation but had no regrets.

“I do not know anyone with leukaemia, and I have not lost anyone to cancer. I just want to do some good and support others in need.”