WHEN her best friend called her sobbing because her hair was falling out in clumps, Vanessa Roberts knew she had to do something.
But what started as a small act of goodwill has snowballed into a mammoth charity event that will see at least eight local women shaving their heads at the end of this month.
Mrs Roberts has been through a lot with her friend Tess, who is suffering secondary cancer of the blood after she was diagnosed with Bowen's Disease a form of skin cancer four years ago.
Eight weeks ago, 36-year-old Tess was struck down with pneumonia which forced the local mum-of-four to postpone vital chemotherapy treatment.
She has endured Parkinson's disease, a collapsed lung and countless hospital visits but for Tess, losing her hair was the breaking point.
"I've sat with Tess in emergency when she thought she was going to die; she'd lost feeling in one side of her body," Mrs Roberts said.
"But she's adamant she's going to keep fighting this until the very end."
In a show of support for her friend, Mrs Roberts will shave her head publically at Griffith Central on Saturday, February 23, along with a group of at least seven other people.
She has set a target of $10,000 for the fundraiser which she will donate to Can Assist charity.
On Saturday, February 9, Mrs Roberts has organised a morning tea at Cincotta Chemist at Griffin Plaza, where locals can make a donation in return for a yummy treat and a cuppa from 9.30am.
The following Saturday, February 16, Mrs Roberts will hold a sausage sizzle outside Harvey Norman.
On the big day, Mrs Roberts will take to the stage at Griffith Central at midday, following a dance concert and raffle draw.
She will be selling raffle tickets up until that day with scores of fantastic prizes on offer.
"This started as a shave for Tess but now so many people have been telling me their stories and I realise she's not an exclusive case cancer affects everyone."
Mrs Roberts is now calling for donations though Griffith Leagues Club has generously boosted the fund with a $2000 gift.
Anyone who wishes to make a donation or offer support can call Mrs Roberts on 0400 554 080.