BEGA resident Shirley Watson has been counting down the days until she goes under the clippers to help Can Assist.
Ms Watson, 72, will be shaving her head to raise money for the organisation at the annual open garden day at Collinswood near Candelo on Sunday.
The local charity helps those with cancer and their families who are struggling with financial hardship while they are undergoing treatment.
The fundraising powerhouse has spent recent months visiting local businesses asking them to pledge support for her head shave.
Although Ms Watson is remaining coy on the total amount raised until the event, she revealed “it has really exceeded every expectation I had”.
Friends and family have also put forward large pledges.
“A dear friend from Campbelltown told me she’s donating $5 for very year I’ve had hair, so as I’m 72 she’s forking out a fair bit!” she said.
Ms Watson has kept her hair short “since I went white”, but has been growing her locks since June to have extra length for the shave.
“I can’t wait until Sunday to have it shaved, the extra length is driving me mad!
“A friend asked me what I’ll do if it doesn’t grow back, and I said, ‘simple, I’ll be bald, who cares!’
“I’m not vain, but I have knitted a white beanie just in case I get cold.”
Ms Watson said she joined Can Assist four year ago after her husband John’s battle with cancer.
“We are very fortunate that he came through it.
“It’s 10 years ago since John was diagnosed with bowel cancer, but there are so many who don’t make it.
“Everyone in the Valley has been touched in some way, cancer doesn’t care who you are.”
Ms Watson will be shaving her head a 1.45pm at the Collinswood open garden day.