Childcare worker Remi-Lee Cowan braved the shave and raised over $2.5k for the Leukaemia Foundation. Photo: Lachlan Berlin
Childcare worker Remi-Lee Cowan braved the shave and raised over $2.5k for the Leukaemia Foundation. Photo: Lachlan Berlin

Roma daycare worker a cut above the rest to brave the shave

There has been a wave of Roma residents braving the shave over the past month and a passionate childcare worker has been the latest to cut off all her hair for a tremendous cause.

Remi-Lee Cowan, 23, was surrounded by her fellow early childhood workers at Goodstart Early Learning as well as local police officers, parents, and even her family via zoom.

She wasn’t expecting to hold up well with all her family and the community watching, her bravery came to show.

“I didn’t cry, I’m so proud I didn’t cry, but it’s obviously for a very good cause,” she said.

Childcare worker Remi-Lee Cowan braved the shave and raised over $2.5k for the Leukaemia Foundation. Photo: Lachlan Berlin
Childcare worker Remi-Lee Cowan braved the shave and raised over $2.5k for the Leukaemia Foundation. Photo: Lachlan Berlin
Childcare worker Remi-Lee Cowan braved the shave and raised over $2.5k for the Leukaemia Foundation. Photo: Lachlan Berlin
Childcare worker Remi-Lee Cowan braved the shave and raised over $2.5k for the Leukaemia Foundation. Photo: Lachlan Berlin

Ms Cowan shaved her hair on her birthday, March 17, to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation through the World’s Greatest Shave, raising at least $2500 so far.

She started off by doing her hair in little braids and giving the kids and community members a chance to cut them off individually.

Childcare worker Remi-Lee Cowan braved the shave and raised over $2.5k for the Leukaemia Foundation. Photo: Lachlan Berlin
Childcare worker Remi-Lee Cowan braved the shave and raised over $2.5k for the Leukaemia Foundation. Photo: Lachlan Berlin
Music star and St John’s student Maddy Thomas cutting Remi’s last braid. Photo: Lachlan Berlin
Music star and St John’s student Maddy Thomas cutting Remi’s last braid. Photo: Lachlan Berlin

Then hairdressers Charli Harland and Fiona Nelms from Hair FX finished off the job, shaving the remainder of her hair off.

Childcare worker Remi-Lee Cowan braved the shave and raised over $2.5k for the Leukaemia Foundation. Photo: Lachlan Berlin
Childcare worker Remi-Lee Cowan braved the shave and raised over $2.5k for the Leukaemia Foundation. Photo: Lachlan Berlin
Childcare worker Remi-Lee Cowan braved the shave and raised over $2.5k for the Leukaemia Foundation. Photo: Lachlan Berlin
Childcare worker Remi-Lee Cowan braved the shave and raised over $2.5k for the Leukaemia Foundation. Photo: Lachlan Berlin

There have been staff members and family from Goodstart who have been affected by leukaemia, and Ms Cowan said she thought she would get Mrs Nelms in to shave her hair as her daughter Bailey Hockey has been battling a rare form of cancer.

“I do have family members who have had cancer of various forms,” Ms Cowan said.

Ms Cowan said she has been waiting for about five years before she bit the bullet and decided to shave off all of her growth.

“My motto is, if you don’t shave your head in your life, you can’t tell your children you’ve shaved your head when you were younger."

Childcare worker Remi-Lee Cowan braved the shave and raised over $2.5k for the Leukaemia Foundation. Photo: Lachlan Berlin
Childcare worker Remi-Lee Cowan braved the shave and raised over $2.5k for the Leukaemia Foundation. Photo: Lachlan Berlin

This comes after a bunch of Roma larrikins grew out their mullets to shave them off on March 12.

Shannon Rasmussen also shaved her head on her big 30th birthday on February 28, raising about $1200 for the Leukaemia Foundation.


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