'Bald for Bianca' raises $23,000 for cancer treatment

A charity event held at the Margaret River RAC Nature Park has raised a whopping $23,000 to help a local family.

'Bald for Bianca' was the brainchild of local Melanie Grace, who put her 21-year old dreadlocks on the chopping block as the centrepiece of the community-supported event, which raised funds for her good friend Bianca.

"This journey began for Bianca last year," explained Melanie.

"She was forced to cease work and within a week of diagnosis her left breast was removed.

"Oncologists informed Bianca that there is no conventional therapy for her cancer, therefore various sorts of alternative treatments have been her option to help rid her of the disease.

"Bianca is away on the Gold Coast undergoing highly intensive treatments. Just this alone is costing their family $25,000 - $30,000."

Bianca and partner Jared said they were stunned by the support.

"The whole event was so overwhelming for us, with love and support we didn't know existed! This community is something to really treasure," they said.

Melanie said she was lucky to live in such a generous community.

"The Bald for Bianca event was beyond amazing," she said.

"I am still overwhelmed, my heart is exploding with love and my head is freezing without it's new best friend, the beanie!

"Thank you so much to everyone that came along and/or helped out on the day.

"An abundant amount of gratitude goes out to all of the local businesses that donated so generously towards the BBQ, raffles and silent auction.

"The grand total raised for Bianca and her young family is $23,000 which is absolutely mind blowing.

"How lucky are we to live in this beautiful community!?"

The event organisers would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their donations, time and efforts in assisting the event.

Down South Wholesale

RAC Nature Park Margaret River

Betty's Garden

Vasse Felix

Attaahua Wellness

Big Valley Campsite

Arthur Wines

Heretic Wines

Arimia Winery

Ben Knapinski Photography

Michelle Joy Holistic

Kingfisher Grove BnB

Community Acupuncture

Sarah's Hair Boutique

Jasmine Hair & Makeup

Leeuwin Beef

Unwind & Relax

Mocean Fitness

Bob's Shoes

Skye Robertson Art

Retyre Shoes

Free Love Co

Baby Sensory South West WA

Crossfit Margaret River

Achieve Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates

Margaret River Woolworths

Lorex Business Services

Hustle Mummas

Yahava

Forest Rise Eco Retreat

Priceline Margaret River

Red Dot Margaret River

Love Light Magic

Margaret River Rec Centre

Margaret River Cracker Co

Margaret River Bakery

ELC (Early Learning Centre)

Olivia Lancaster Art

Wine For Dudes

Mark Heussenstamm Art

Gabe Heussenstamm Art

Eleven Hair Products

Chows Table Restaurant

Meraki Skin Studio

Lazarus Margaret River

Bunnings Margaret River

Home Hardware MR

House of Cards Winery

Brumby's MR

Sugar Kisses Cookies

Humble Homes

Cookies Galore

Unicorn Boots

Ocean House Collection Candles MR

Jabeki Bali

Alex Mackie Osteopath

Brookwood Estate

Berry Farm

Holly Murphy Photography

Margaret River Honey Co

Leeuwin Estate

Movement Solutions Physio

Essential Kinesiology

Margs Cafe

Si Vintners Wine

River Design

Art of Motion

Recycled Plastics

Corymbia Wines

Brewhouse

Annapurna Wholefoods

Clairault Streicker Estate

VM Art Creatives

Rugs in the Forest

Southern Sugar

Beth Carlessi

Scotty (Musician)

Sarah @ Moody Cows

Pete @ Fagan Brothers

Lauren Earrings

Wholeliving Store

Lux Candle Co

28Graze

Rose & Wild

Hazel James Makeup

Fairy Amy's Facepainting