23 February 2024

Ladies Night Out to celebrate Renee losing her locks for a cancer-free future

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Renee Stewart

Renee Stewart will shave her head to raise funds for Cancer Council NSW at Tilly’s. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

A Wagga woman is preparing to shave her head next month to fundraise for cancer.

Renee Stewart is set to host Ladies Night Out: Shave For A Smile Fundraiser at Tilly’s on Saturday 2 March, to support her fundraising efforts ahead of her head shave on Saturday 22 March.

Ladies Night Out invites local ladies to gather their girl gang to come together and join Renee for an unforgettable evening dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Cancer Council NSW.

“I’m very excited and a little bit scared at what colour it might grow back now that I’m a bit older,” Renee said.

“I’m looking forward to taking the big step.”

Renee will donate her hair to Ella’s Wigs for children with cancer, to honour those close to her who have passed away from the disease.

“I’m donating my hair to Ella’s Wigs because, for me, it’s just hair, but it could be enough to brighten a sick little person’s day and make them smile and give them the confidence to get out of the house,” Renee said.

“The money raised will go into programs that support families of people suffering from cancer, just to try and keep that family connection outside of illness.

“Cancer has taken away some important people in our family and affected the lives of many of our friends.”

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Renee, an employee of Tilly’s and a community service worker, understands the importance of supporting sick children.

Born and raised in Wagga, the 44-year-old moved away for a short period before she moved back to Wagga and had her children.

Cancer Council NSW Wagga community fundraising coordinator Brianna Brown is excited to see Renee’s fundraiser come to life.

“It has been inspiring working with Renee in her efforts to make a real impact for her community,” Brianna said.

“It takes a special kind of person to be brave for others while using this platform to make wigs for children and raise much-needed funds to support all people impacted by cancer from now and into the future.

“Funds raised help support Cancer Council’s life-saving cancer research, prevention, advocacy and local support programs like our local Transport to Treatment and Lilier Lodge to help support local people affected by cancer.”

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Tickets are $100 each and will include a drink on arrival, canapes for the evening, live music and much more.

Co-hosted by Tilly’s, the event promises an exciting night out, with great food, live entertainment from The Mighty Yak, and the auctioning of experiences and services such as facials, massages, winery tours and more.

Ticket sales end Monday, 26 February, at 5 pm.

For more information about Ladies Night Out – Shave for a Smile and to purchase tickets, please visit 123 Tix.

Funds raised by Renee and her Tilly’s fundraiser will go towards Cancer Council NSW’s world-class cancer research, prevention, and support services.

Follow the link for more information to support the event and donate to Renee’s cause.

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