A Leap of Faithfull

Bernie Faithfull weeks out from her great shave. Photo: Contributed

Stefan Bradley

Originally published March 29 2022.

Hairdresser Bernie Faithfull loved her hair more than most, but not even that didn’t stop her shaving the world from blood cancer as part of the World’s Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation.

After Ms Faithfull’s close friend Amanda Crisp was diagnosed with leukaemia, she knew she had to shave for the cause.

After months of raising funds, the big cut happened at the Avon Hotel in Stratford earlier this month.

Ms Faithfull told the Gippsland Times there was an excellent turnout at the public event.

“Amanda and her family were there as special guests to take part in the shave,” Ms Faithfull said.

“But she was sad to see my hair go, because she loved my hair which was down to my waist, but she was excited to do the very first part of the shave.

“I think Amanda is doing pretty well at the moment, and she has longer hair than me now.”

Ms Faithfull said she wasn’t sure how she was going to style her hair as she grows, but is giving the floor to her colleagues at Hair is Kanyemba in Sale.

“I’ll let them have a bit of fun with it and see what they want to do, and I could always shave it off again if I need to.”

Amanda Crisp and her husband Rick and three kids live in Omeo, and Ms Faithfull says her trip to the hospital in Melbourne takes six hours.

“Amanda is going back and forth from Melbourne, but the Leukaemia Foundation is paying for accommodation closer to the hospital and care, which makes a big difference,” Ms Faithfull said.

“That’s why I wanted to support the cause because they look after regional families.”

At the time of writing, Ms Faithfull has smashed her original goal of raising $1000, and is now up to $8000. Watch the shave on the Facebook page ‘Bernie’s Greatest Shave for blood cancer’.

Ms Faithfull had her hair coloured in the World’s Greatest Shave colours before the big chop. Photo: Contributed

Hair is Kanyemba hairdresser Bernie Faithfull cutting Roxy Lambrecht’s hair. Photo: Stefan Bradley