Beaudesert Amcal chemist employee shaves head for a cure

GORGEOUS: Sammi Dern looks just as beautiful without her long locks. Photos: Larraine Sathicq
GORGEOUS: Sammi Dern looks just as beautiful without her long locks. Photos: Larraine Sathicq

Amcal chemist on Brisbane Street Beaudesert attracted some attention this morning as one of their own had her head shaved in store.

Sammi Leonard made the sacrifice in a bid to raise awareness and funds for the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave 2020 to help beat blood cancer.

Ms Leonard said she had joined the campaign because of her best friend in high school, Gabrielle Dern, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2017.

"I'm not nervous about losing my hair, I was a bit worried I might not reach my fundraising goal of $1000 but I have already raised more than $1100 in donations," she said.

Ms Dern, who was also on hand to help chop her friend's ponytail off before the clippers were brought into play, said she had lost all her hair during cancer treatment.

"I had six months chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukaemia," she said.

"After that I was in remission and I still am. When my hair started to grow back it was a bit patchy so I decided to keep it short."

Sammi Leonard and Gabrielle Dern have been best friends since high school.

Sammi Leonard and Gabrielle Dern have been best friends since high school.

Ms Leonard was supported by her husband Matt, three-year-old daughter Mylee as well as friends, workmates and Amcal Beaudesert owner Bryan Tran.

"When Sammi came up with the idea we all got behind her," Mr Tran said.

"She has the support of the whole team and we haven't told her yet but the store will be contributing to this worthy cause.

"Working in a pharmacy, many of our patients or their families are dealing with cancer, so we are very proud of Sammi."

Sammi's Amcal workmates supported her efforts in the World's Greatest Shave.

Sammi's Amcal workmates supported her efforts in the World's Greatest Shave.

Those present enjoyed a morning tea provided by staff at Amcal with mini cup cakes donated by Woolworths Beaudesert.

The donation box is still in pace at Amcal for anyone who would like to donate.