24-hour cut-a-thon to raise funds for MS research

EXTRA EFFORT: Karyn Webber from Violet Brown’s ploughs through a 24-hour hair cut-a-thon to raise money for the MS Society.
EXTRA EFFORT: Karyn Webber from Violet Brown’s ploughs through a 24-hour hair cut-a-thon to raise money for the MS Society. Claudia Baxter

NINETY-six haircuts in 24 hours - that's the challenge North Ipswich hairdresser Karyn Webber set herself to celebrate 30 years in the industry.

The owner of Violet Brown Mobile and In-house Hair and Beauty embarked on the non-stop cut-a-thon at 6am on Sunday.

Funds from each haircut completed will be donated to multiple sclerosis research.

Mrs Webber hoped to raise more than $5000 for the cause she held close to her heart.

"My sister and a close friend both have the disease," the 45-year-old said.

"They're not 100 per cent sure why people get MS.

"It's really hard to watch them as mums suffer when they are trying to be the best mums for their kids."

More than 23,000 Australians live with MS, a condition which affects the central nervous system.

About 1000 Australians are diagnosed with MS every year.

Its cause and cure continue to elude medical researchers.

Adam Bezuidenhout, who brought along his family of six to the Downs St salon for a trim, was among a long line of customers to queue up for the cause.

The Brassall client said he was inspired by the lengths Mrs Webber went to carry out one haircut every 15 minutes for the entire 24 hours.

"I raise funds every year for cancer research so I understand the effort it takes to support causes like this," he said.

Mrs Webber has owned hairdressing businesses since 1995. Violet Brown has been operating on Downs St for the past three years.

"I feel the luckiest I have been in six years to have seven wonderful girls working with me," she said.

  • MS is a progressive disease of the nervous system, for which there is no cure.
  • About 1000 Australians are diagnosed with MS every year.
  • Most people are diagnosed in their twenties and forties.
  • MS affects three times as many women than men.
  • Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms.

Topics:  fundraiser, multiple sclerosis

Sellout crowd at circus casts doubt over ban

Lennon's Circus lion tamer Mohammed Jratlou with lions Kiara and Kovu.

It was full house for the Saturday afternoon performance

Health signs up to QT club

COUNT US IN: Ipswich hospital staff have joined the QT Kick the Kilo campaign and are now recording their workouts on our club App Strava. (l.tor.) Clinical Midwife Susan Neuendorff, Dr Stewart Booth, Brendan Dieckmann and registered nurses Nicole Kovasen and Keely Johnson.

Ipswich Hospital staff are signing up to our Strava Fitness App

Reserves keep planes flying

Corporal Hayley Geisler, Reservist Liaison Officer for No. 33 Squadron, at work at RAAF Base Amberley.

Cpl Hayley Geisler earned a Pathfinder Award for her efforts

Local Partners

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.