A CUT ABOVE: Fundraisers Susan Sealby, Barbara McGrath and Gail Rottier , shaving their heads for cancer under the expert hands of Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre hairdressers Suzie and Ivan Bendig.
A CUT ABOVE: Fundraisers Susan Sealby, Barbara McGrath and Gail Rottier , shaving their heads for cancer under the expert hands of Coolangatta Senior Citizens Centre hairdressers Suzie and Ivan Bendig. COOLANGATTA BOWLS CLUB

Good friends unite to shave heads in cancer fundraiser

COOLANGATTA Bowls Club's Susan Sealby, Barbara McGrath and Gail Rottier were overwhelmed by the level of support that helped them raise more than $2500 for the oncology unit at Tweed Heads Hospital.

The three shaved their heads as part of the club's annual May Cancer Charity Day, which raised more than $6000 for the cause.

Susan said as a breast cancer survivor, and having lost three friends who she met while undergoing treatment, it was very emotional for her.

"I cried and cried and cried ... I was so touched by all the support," she said. "It was brilliant. More than we could have hoped for.

"I just want to thank the whole community for their overwhelming support and donations of food and time and goods - it was a great day."

Having all either experienced cancer and/or lost friends to it, Susan said being able to raise money to help fight the disease resonated for all three women.

Ladies committee president Pam Bews said the greens were full throughout the day, with pink wigs, tutus, blue bandanas and hats the order for "over 80 fun-loving bowlers".

"This day has raised well in excess of $20,000 over the years," she said.

It all began 16 years ago when then-ladies' club president Edna Harrison and Toni Buckley held the first Cancer Charity Day with morning tea for 50 guests at Edna's Coolangatta unit, raising $700.

Susan has been with the Coolangatta club for only 10 months, having started playing bowls in Brisbane two years ago, and is testament to the club's friendly welcome.

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