OFF WITH THE LOT: Official head shaver Chris Cameron starts on Charlotte Mattsen’s new look. Photos: Sam Woods
OFF WITH THE LOT: Official head shaver Chris Cameron starts on Charlotte Mattsen’s new look. Photos: Sam Woods

All off in quest for Disneyland

CHARLOTTE Mattsen has a bold new look in 2012 after braving the clippers to help a sick child in need.

The Dingo-based traffic controller laughed, joked and even cheered as work colleagues took turns at reducing Charlotte's once fulsome head of hair to small blonde stubble.

"It is for a worthy cause," Charlotte said.

Her decision to go the chop was motivated by the plight of 13-year-old Bailey Brennan, the grandson of a close work colleague.

It's been a long, tough road for young Bailey who at just seven years of age, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. The disease was in remission but resurfaced in April last year.

Like any youngster of his age, Bailey dreams of visiting Disneyland in the United States, so Charlotte and her work crew in Dingo came up with a novel idea to help him get there.

Charlotte and fellow Roadtek employee, Chris Cameron, set off on a Sunday afternoon pub crawl not only to indulge in the occasional tipple, but also to raise funds to support Charlotte's head-shaving for Bailey.

Many the pub and empty schooner later, her enterprising charity venture had raised $1100 for the lock-chopping.

"I went back out to the camp (in Dingo) and was patting all the boys' heads saying, 'what does it feel like to be bald?'" Charlotte said.

Originally from Cairns in north Queensland, Charlotte's hair once extended down to her waist, but that was a while ago and she has been sporting a much more manageable length for a number of years.

She said the choice to do away with hair almost entirely didn't require a second thought.

"A young child needs our help, so we'll do what we can," Charlotte said.

"The more money we can raise for Bailey, the better."

A clipper malfunction left Charlotte sporting a half-cut hairdo for a period of time while another set was sought, much to the amusement of fellow pub patrons.


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