Macarthur family brave the shave to honour loved ones

The Malone women are all sporting a similar haircut at the moment - for a very good cause.

The Macarthur family lost their beloved patriarch, Wayne Malone, to Leukaemia just six weeks ago.

On Saturday, the Malone women took part in the World's Greatest Shave at a special event held at the Ambarvale Hotel.

Melissa Woodward (nee Malone) said her father's nine-month battle with the disease inspired them to brave the shave.

She said she and her siblings agreed to shave their heads alongside their family friend, Janet Kingston.

"We ended up having a surprise shave on the day, mum decided to shave her head as well," the Ruse resident said.

"Her sister has terminal brain cancer so she wanted to honour her as well.

"All five of us ended up shaving our heads on the day."

Ms Woodward, who has never had her hair shorter than chin length, lopped her locks alongside her sisters Kerrianne Morgan of Tahmoor and Campbelltown's Amanda Malone.

Ms Morgan's daughter, Clair Malone, also chopped off a large portion of her hair to raise funds.

The team set a goal of raising $10,000 - and they managed to smash that goal.

"Including everything up to the event and then what we raised on the day we managed to raise $15,500," Ms Woodward said.

The Malone family. Picture: Simon Bennett

The Malone family. Picture: Simon Bennett

"We were blown away by all the support, everyone was so generous.

"It was so nice to raise so much money to help so many families.

"Every dollar will be used to fund research, counsellors and more."

Ms Woodward told the Advertiser last week that not everyone is able to receive the support her late father had.

"We remember the initial shock and uncertainty of the early days," she said.

"We were a strong family who banded together to have Dad at every single test and appointment at Liverpool Hospital.

"His doctors said they were inspired by the fact that Dad was never alone in the waiting room.

"Not every family can do that so we hope that by raising funds, we are able to provide practical support like accommodation and counselling for other families to be able to be there for their loved ones."

Ms Woodward said the journey had been an emotional one.

"I think just the atmosphere of love and support in the room on Saturday helped us a lot," she said.

"A lady actually approached my mum on the day and thanked us for what we were doing because she was going through treatment herself.

"It touches so many people."

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