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29 May, 2020

Friends like Araluen are to be cherised

BARCALDINE’S Araluen Fraser did something very special for her best friend Stevie Dern last Friday, and in the process raised more than $3000.

By Hamish Hart

Friends forever…Araluen Fraser (right) got her head shaved to support her best friend, Stevie Dern, who watched it all take place through FaceTime.

This very special 11-year-old shaved her head for a cure as a part of her fundraiser for the Queensland Children’s Hospital Foundation. The money raised will go towards the medical institution and she donated her hair to Variety Australia’s Hair with Heart initiative.

Although they were unable to invite more people to the shaving due to Covid-19 restrictions, Araluen pressed-on and had her head shaved in front of her fellow students at St Joseph’s Primary School at Barcaldine.

Inspired by her best friend Stevie, who is battling acute myeloid leukaemia, Araluen said she wanted to support Stevie and anyone else facing similar struggles any way she could.

“As we face this Covid-19 pandemic, I want to support the children who are receiving ongoing treatment for their serious illnesses,” Araluen said. “I’m inspired by the work of the Children’s Hospital Foundation and how they care for these children.

“I am also inspired to do this as I want my best friend Stevie to know she is not doing this alone. I love her and I want to support her.

“I didn’t know what to do when my best friend was diagnosed with leukaemia, but what I did know was that I wanted to help her in any way possible.”

Araluen has received more than 60 donations since beginning her fundraiser, which can be further supported at

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