When COVID-19 prevented Richelle Bryden from throwing a party for her 40th birthday, she decided to do something drastically different.
Rather than a birthday bash, Ms Bryden will be saving her head.
It's not the first time she's embraced a shaved head, having done it when she was 18-years-old, but this will be the first time it's for a good cause - the Cancer Council.
"My partner had bladder cancer nearly four years ago. We were very fortunate he didn't have to go down chemotherapy and radiation, and we didn't have to lean on Cancer Council or anything like that," Ms Bryden said.
"We were very fortunate and not everyone is as fortunate as us."
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Ms Bryden's initial goal was to raise $1000 for the charity, but now that she's surpassed it, she's hoping to reach $2000.
And her partner Andrew has added an incentive.
If Ms Bryden can raise $2000, he'll shave his head and his beard. Ms Bryden said he has had the beard for so long his 12-year-old daughter has never seen him without it.
While she has enjoyed having long hair, the 40-year-old said she was excited to have something different.
Her plan has also helped sparked discussions around cancer and the risks of smoking among the Aboriginal population.
"[The diagnosis] was very much a shock. You hear cancer and you automatically think death. He thought 'what's going to happen? I've got a very young family' but we're very fortunate," Ms Bryden said.
"With his cancer if it had gone into the muscle, he would have had a stoma bag. But he was very, very lucky he didn't have to do that.
"Even his specialist was surprised that with the size of his tumour he didn't end up with a stoma bag."
Ms Byden will shave her head on Saturday, August 22 at a barbecue with her family.
"I said maybe the kids could have a go but the two-year-old is likely to shave my eyebrows."
To donate to the Cancer Council fundraiser head to www.doitforcancer.com.au/fundraisers/richellebryden.