Anyone who knows Bendigo student Yukti Arya also knows her hair.
“It’s been one of my key features,” she says, with a laugh.
“I’ve actually never measured [the length], but it goes right down to my butt.”
But the Dentistry student is this week preparing to farewell to her signature locks – all in the name of a good cause.
She’ll go under the hairdresser’s scissors at Wednesday night’s Girls Night In, an Accommodation Services fundraiser for the Peter McCallum Cancer Foundation.
Yukti hopes to secure $1500 in donations towards the foundation’s critically important research.
The Girls Night In concept is all about raising funds – and raising awareness – of women’s cancers.
The Accommodation Services event is already a sell-out, with 150 female on-campus residents booked to join in an evening of craft stalls, henna tattoos, facemasks and hair-braiding.
Organiser Georgia Irvine says she’s been overwhelmed by support from the community.
“Local businesses have gone above and beyond for this event and all the female residents are so excited about this evening,” Georgia says.
“We are so thankful to all involved.”
Yukti’s family knows all about the impact of a cancer
Before she was born, her grandmother battled breast cancer, undergoing a single mastectomy surgery.
“I’d see the scar as a child and be like, ‘What happened?’,” Yukti recalls.
Now she’s hypervigilant about her own health.
“I do regular checks myself,” Yukti says, before calling on other women to do the same.
“Girls, feel yourselves up regularly – and don’t forget the armpit!”
Her hair won’t be going to waste either. She’s donating the locks to Sustainable Salons that make wigs for childing diagnosed with cancer, alopecia or other illnesses that can result in hair loss.
What about the bob she’ll be left with?
“I’ve got an appointment the next day to dye it purple and silver,” Yukti says.
“It will be a change so big that everyone will think I’ve been through a breakup!”
To help Yukti reach her target of $1500 in donations, visit her fundraising page.
The Accommodation Services team wish to thank the following businesses for donating to their Girls Night In event: Brow and Beauty; Knot and Crop; Body Shop Bendigo; The National; Edwards Provedore; Sweeney’s Café; Grill’d; Lazy Moe’s; Mr Bob’s; Metro; The Good Loaf; Renik Hair; Refresh Day Spa; Endota Spa; Cherish Thy; Marita Willet Hairdressing; Clear Skin Care Laser Clinic; VJ Nails; Hairem Scarem; Serious about Skin Medispa; Lush Culture; Stephen Mow Hair Studio; One Night Only Boutique; Monalisa; Vitality Yoga; YogaHara; Bendigo Jockey Club; Healthy Mates; Chemist Warehouse; Shevoke; Natio; Tupperware; Status Anxiety; The Fifth; BeadedLustr; CloverMay scrunchies; Australian Eucalyptus Oil; Complete Garden.