Shave for a cause

Toni Smith and Sarah Dunne after the big shave. (supplied)

By Justin Flynn

Sarah Dunne and Toni Smith met at a mother’s group eight years ago after the birth of their first children.

When Toni was diagnosed with breast cancer, it meant many trips to the Andrew Love Centre, but after 12 months of treatment she was given the all clear.

So impressed with the care and compassion given by the Andrew Love Centre staff, Sarah decided to shave her head for Toni and raise funds for the centre.

“It was heartbreaking having to watch Toni go through what she did,” Sarah said.

“Physically, mentally, the appointments, the surgeries, the treatments, the side effects.

“Not once did I hear her say ‘why me’ she is the strongest, bravest most resilient person I know.

“The staff at the Andrew Love Centre are, in Toni’s words, ‘amazing, caring fun and dedicated’.

“The work they do is truly inspiring and I am forever grateful for the wonderful care they gave Toni and continue to give the brave patients that attend.”

Sarah set a goal of $5000 and has currently raised $4190.

“I was feeling pumped before I shaved my head and so excited knowing what I was doing was raising funds and awareness for such a great cause,” she said.

“Toni shaved my head – it was super fun.”

Sarah said the response had been overwhelming.

“I want to thank everyone that has donated – it means the world to me,” she said.

Sarah’s fundraiser page is at


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