BRAVE HEART: Martha Fox gets a kiss from her daughter-in-law Lee Fox after she shaved her hair for the World’s Greatest Shave.
BRAVE HEART: Martha Fox gets a kiss from her daughter-in-law Lee Fox after she shaved her hair for the World’s Greatest Shave. Kaitlyn Gutzke Emeshave

Emerald grandmother shaves for a cure

MARTHA Fox sat calmly as her silver locks dropped to the ground on Sunday.

As the clippers hummed on her head and the crowd watched in awe, Martha let out a sigh.

"Oh, what a birthday," she said.

Martha was celebrating her 87th birthday at the Maraboon Tavern during the World's Greatest Shave event, when she decided she wanted to face the clippers and lose her locks.

"I've always sort of wanted to do it," she said.

"It is great to help the Leukaemia Foundation.

"It is close to my heart and I did it for all of my grandchildren and great grandchildren."

Martha has had her own cancer battle, and her daughter-in-law Lee Fox said the whole family was proud of her for helping to raise cancer awareness.

"It was completely her choice," Lee said.

"We are really, really proud of her. She has done a great thing and we are glad we could share this wonderful day with her."

Birthdays are rather eventful for Martha, who moved to Australia from New Zealand on her birthday seven years ago.

The Maraboon Tavern hosted the World's Greatest Shave, which saw local women Jaymie Webster and Cassandra Mooney go bald for a cause, as well as tavern staff member Nick Dawson.

Manager Andy Martin said about eight people shaved their hair and heaps of kids had their hair sprayed in different colours.

"We want to say a big thank you to the locals who turned out," he said.

"We are here to offer these sorts of events and support the community."


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