Local 14-year-old Scarlett Garland has been recognised as the ninth highest individual fundraiser for the World’s Greatest Shave after shaving her hair for her sister Ava.
The Leukaemia Foundation recognised Scarlett’s incredible efforts at an event in Sydney last week.
Scarlett was presented with an award after raising more than $11,000 for the World’s Greatest Shave.
With thousands of participants in NSW and ACT, Scarlett ranked as the ninth highest individual fundraiser.
Just three days after turning 14, Scarlett Garland shaved her long blonde hair off in the hope of raising money and awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Scarlett is the eldest of five sisters, her youngest sister Ava has been the inspiration behind her shave.
Ava was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in June 2016 at three years of age and is currently undergoing treatment.
“I was shocked and it made me really sad when Ava was diagnosed with leukaemia, so I want to try and help find a cure so that other families don’t have to go through the sadness and separation that our family is going through right now,” Scarlett told the Advocate in 2016.
Starting off with a $1,000 fundraising goal, Scarlett has absolutely smashed her target, having raised eleven times what she aimed to.
“I was proud of myself and excited when I found out I was the ninth highest individual fundraiser.
“There were so many people in Forbes who were very generous,” Scarlett said.
Her advice to those thinking of taking part in next year’s World’s Greatest Shave: “Get involved, it’s a great cause. Hair will grow back.”
Kathy and Andrew Garland are very thankful for the support their family has received.
“The community has been amazing, the town of Forbes got behind Scarlett so much. We hoped she’d make a few thousand, but we were absolutely blown away.
“We are so immensely proud of Scarlett. She had decided within the first month of Ava’s diagnosis that she would shave off her hair,” Mrs Garland said.