Glenn Davis's ponytail cops a chop for charity
FOR almost 30 years, Glenn Davis has been growing his beloved ponytail.
As he cuts off only a few centimetres a year, Mr Davis' plait has become synonymous with the Cooroy forklift driver.
Mr Davis is shaving off his ponytail, which reaches his lower back, in honour of his deceased niece Sharon Ann Smee.
Sharon died of leukaemia aged 15 in 1988, inspiring Mr Davis to raise money for the World's Greatest Shave, a charity funding medical research and support services for blood cancer patients and their families.
Despite 25 years passing since Sharon's death, Mr Davis said time had not filled the place Sharon still held in his heart.
"The fact that I'm doing this all these years later probably shows how much Sharon's memory still means to me," he said.
"I know everyone says this about kids, but Sharon really was a special kid and to die at 15 and not have a chance to grow old is terrible, and she really touched my heart. It was devastating for the whole family and Sharon had just received a bone marrow transplant from her mother, but died two weeks later from an infection."
However, Sharon is not his only family member taken by cancer: Mr Davis' mother died from breast cancer in 1983.
Mr Davis said his commitment to honouring Sharon's memory still pulled at the heart strings of her parents.
"Sharon's mum and dad are very grateful for me doing this and it really means something to them," he said.
"So many people are touched by cancer and I always said I'd do this; I'm a man of my word."
He hoped to raise $500, but Mr Davis has exceeded his expectations as he approaches the $1000 mark.
Mr Davisa well-known Cooroy local, said he was humbled by the support he had received.
"I've dropped off money tins around town so hopefully when I count the money we'll have raised a lot more," he said.
Mr Davis will shave his hair at midday today at Quick Snips Hairdresser, Cooroy.
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