Stepping outdoors on Monday morning, Ella Parry-Jones felt something she'd never remembered feeling before - wind on her scalp.
"It feels a bit weird," the 10-year-old said, the day after a buzz cut to raise over $6000 for the Cancer Council to help fight the disease.
There are still donation tins at businesses around Orange to be counted this, but Ella's count was at $6670.45 after the shave on Sunday, which was held at the Group 10 derby between Hawks and CYMS.
The shave was held just before the Colts' game at Wade Park, and included a tent from the Cancer Council, a raffle drawn by Orange Mayor Reg Kidd, and a lot of smiles.
There's no going back.Ella Parry-Jones after her haircut.
Ella said she had been nervous before the shave, and once the ponytails were snipped off she said "there's no going back".
"I felt nervous about the shave and the unknowns because I haven't had short hair before and not to the this extreme, but at the same time I felt proud I was doing it for a cause I'm passionate about and hopefully it will reduce the amount of people who have to go through chemotherapy," she said.
The two people Ella was shaving her head for - her uncle and dance teacher - were also in attendance, with the former driving 14 hours from Queensland to attend, and Ella's mum Belinda said a few tears were shed between the three.
"Having them there made it all worthwhile," Ella said.
However, on Monday morning Ella said she had no regrets, and hadn't been able to stop running her hands across her head's "now-fuzzy" hair.
What was chopped off will be donated to Wigs4Kids, with helping people who didn't have a choice about losing their hair one of Ella's main drivers.
She wanted to thank absolutely everyone involved in donating and buying raffle tickets, as well as Mark Johnson of Hawks and Rebecca Hurford for shaving her hair, as well as her friends for standing by her and helped cut off her locks.
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