One month on from her Shave for a Cure, former local Carmen Barry has her final fundraising tally, raising more than $10,200 for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Carmen parted ways with her long hair in March as a tribute to her father, Deniliquin’s Leo Barry, who has had significant battles with cancer and has since fought off the disease.
Melbourne-based Carmen handed over the money yesterday morning.
‘‘The shave was a big success,’’ she said.
‘‘I had a small party there (watching the shave).
‘It’s been very touching that the Deniliquin community has been so supportive of dad since the first article in the PT.
‘‘People have been stopping him in the street and talking to him about what he went through.
‘‘A lot of people he has known for a long time didn’t realise how sick he was back when he was going through his battle.’’
Carmen has embraced her new look, saying that having a bald head has definitely had some benefits.
‘‘I can see why most men like to keep their hair short,’’ she said with a laugh.
‘‘Two minutes in the shower and I’m all done.
‘‘I’ve actually shaved it a couple of times to keep it short.
‘‘I’ll eventually grow my hair back, but for now I’m enjoying it.
‘‘I also didn’t realise how much I looked like my dad until I shaved my head.’’
You can still donate to the Leukaemia Foundation by visiting Carmen’s shave page at http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/carmenbarry.