Tatura’s Taylor Wereszczuk, 17, is joining forces with the Tatura Hotel’s parmathon to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Two months ago Miss Wereszczuk received the news that her aunty had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
Inspired to support her family and help in efforts to find a cure, Miss Wereszczuk decided to shave off her blonde locks to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation with a goal of $15000.
The Tatura Hotel has decided for its third parmathon fundraiser $1 from every parmigiana sold will go towards Miss Wereszczuk’s cause.
Tatura Hotel manager Kate Stanton said she wanted to be able to show some support towards the family.
‘‘It will be $1 from every parma sold, so parma night, lunch parma, full-serve parmas, everything and the more we sell the more money raised,’’ Ms Stanton said.
Tatura Hotel’s parmathon will run for the month of June.
Miss Wereszczuk said the sky was the limit with her fundraising goal, having already raised $3722 for the cause.
‘‘I can’t believe the amount of support already, it’s been amazing and incredible, the amount of people who have said they will donate,’’ she said.
October will see Miss Wereszczuk shave off her locks as her last effort to raise funds.
‘‘I decided to shave my hair because I knew she (aunty) was going to lose her hair and I just had to make a decision to do it or I was never going to — hair grows back,’’ she said.
Miss Wereszczuk is hoping her aunty will be home for the event to shave her hair.
The event will also involve an auction, and funds raised on the night will be provided to the Leukaemia Foundation and directly to Miss Wereszczuk’s aunty to help support her and her family.
■If you would like to donate to the cause, visit bit.ly/2jJz08l
- Madeleine Caccianiga