Port Stephens Examiner's own Judi Bot-Wessler undertaking the World's Greatest Shave

CHOP IT OFF: Examiner sales representative Judi Bot-Wessler is undertaking the World's Greatest Shave. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts
CHOP IT OFF: Examiner sales representative Judi Bot-Wessler is undertaking the World's Greatest Shave. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

The idea to take part in the World's Greatest Shave had been buzzing around Judi Bot-Wessler's mind for quite some time but this will be the year that her locks will be chopped for charity.

At the age of 8, the Port Stephens Examiner advertising representative and Salamander Bay resident watched her father battle leukaemia for 18 months before he died from the aged just 36.

"Life totally changed for my mum, my sister and I when he died," she said. "I'm sure that if he had of been diagnosed today he would have lived longer."

Years after cancer took her father, Mrs Bot-Wessler's world was rocked once again when her mother was diagnosed with the disease. She died four years ago.

"Cancer has affected mine and my sister's life a lot," she said. "I really feel for families who are touched by cancer because I know how hard it is. It's such an awful disease. This is why I want to the World's Greatest Shave. It's something I can do to help."

Judi Bot-Wessler will shave her head bald for charity on Friday, March 13.

Judi Bot-Wessler will shave her head bald for charity on Friday, March 13.

Mrs Bot-Wessler has set a goal of raising $3500. As of Thursday, March 12 more than $2400 had been donated to her cause.

Her hair will be completely shaved off at Shoal Bay Country Club on Friday, March 13 starting at 6pm.

In addition to raising funds through leukaemiafoundation.org.au, Mrs Bot-Wessler is running a raffle, with prizes donated from a number of Port Stephens businesses, and auctioning the chance for three people to shave off a section of her hair each. A professional hairdresser will finish the shave.

Raffle tickets can be purchased from Mr Minit in Salamander Bay Square and Salamander Bay Podiatry. They can also be purchased on the night of the shave.

Mrs Bot-Wessler said while she is used to a short hair style this will be the first time she has gone bald, laughing that she will match her husband Bob's hair style.

Anyone interested in supporting Mrs Bot-Wessler's raffle or the shave is asked to phone 0437 479 947.

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