Campbelltown woman to shave head in memory of late fiance

Under the clippers: Neisha Simms will lose her locks for the third time this month and first shaving her head in 2010 (inset). Picture: Chris Lane
Under the clippers: Neisha Simms will lose her locks for the third time this month and first shaving her head in 2010 (inset). Picture: Chris Lane

When Neisha Simms lost her fiance to leukaemia almost 10 years ago, she decided to channel her grief into something positive.

The Campbelltown resident shaved her head in the World's Greatest Shave, raising hundreds of dollars for the Luekaemia Foundation. But she didn't stop there.

Ms Simms shaved her head again three years later and is now preparing to go under the clippers for the third time.

"I was absolutely terrified the first time," she said. "I didn't know if the bald head would suit me or what I would look like.

"It was actually kind of shocking to see myself without hair that first time - I didn't recognise myself. But the fuzzy feeling of a bald head is amazing."

Ms Simms said shaving her head became easier the second time and she was barely nervous this time around. She will complete her latest shave on March 14 at Bambino's Kindergarten Fairwater, the Harrington Park childcare centre where she works.

Ms Simms said it was lovely to have the support of her co-workers and sharing the story of her personal hardships had forged deeper bonds with the Bambino family.

The big shave event will also serve as an information session for the kids and parents.

"The main reason I'm doing this is to spread awareness of the symptoms of leukaemia," she said. "My fiance had headaches and a persistent cold before his second diagnosis. He was only 20 when he died. It's so important that people understand the disease and the symptoms."

Ms Simms has already raised more than $1000 this campaign.

You can donate to her campaign by searching for her name at the World's Greatest Shave website.