Shaving and shivering

By Riverine Herald

TWO Echuca sisters are feeling the cold after shaving their heads in support of their three-year-old cousin who is battling leukaemia.

With a goal of $1000, the Echuca 208 students ended up raising a staggering $2770 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Harper, 7, and Willow Delamare, 6, had their shoulder-length hair shaved to a number three last week as part of the World’s Greatest Shave.

And their little cousin Ivy-Jean Phipps, who has lost her hair because of the disease, was cheering them on every step of the way.

The Echuca toddler was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia on January 3 and after enduring a bone marrow test, two lumbar punctures and weeks of chemotherapy, is in remission.

However, she is still undergoing intense chemotherapy at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

Trudy Delamare said her sister and Ivy-Jean’s mum Tracey Smith, who is a hairdresser, shaved the girls’ hair in Melbourne last Sunday.

‘‘My sisters and I shaved our heads in February and Harper said she wanted to do the same to help raise money,’’ she said.

‘‘Then Willow said she wanted to do it too.’’

And although it’s not exactly the best time of year to be lacking in the hair department, Trudy has an assortment of beanies to keep the girls’ heads warm.

To help raise money for Ivy-Jean and her family, people can also donate to