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WATCH: Dad shaves after little Olivia's cancer battle

NOT every parent would be happy to let their five-year-old child give them a haircut, but Ashley Heckels was.

He felt blessed to hand the clippers to his beloved daughter Olivia for the World's Greatest Shave.

The St James Lutheran College grade one student is now in remission after a battle with acute myeloid leukaemia.

She was diagnosed at just four-months-old.

Olivia Heckels helps hairdresser Natalie Hoult shave her dad Ash's head to raise awareness and funds for Leukaemia. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Olivia Heckels helps hairdresser Natalie Hoult shave her dad Ash's head to raise awareness and funds for Leukaemia. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

Ashley and Olivia's mum Kim were accommodated for free in Brisbane throughout Olivia's eight-months of treatment there, thanks to the foundation.

The Heckels this year raised about $700 with more than $300 pledged to give back to the foundation.


Community fundraising officer Sue-Ellen Pitt said almost $30000 has been raised from this year's efforts on the Fraser Coast, with more to come.

Generous individuals are still able to sponsor to help surpass last year's mark when about $80,000 was raised.

For more, visit worldsgreatestshave.com.

Topics:  editors picks, fundraiser, haircut, parents, shave for a cure




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