In May, shortly her Grandpa sadly passed away from Myeloma, a form of blood cancer, 12-year-old Madi knew she wanted to do something to honour his memory.
Last Thursday night, surrounded by family, friends and supporters, Madi shaved off all her hair after crowdsourcing almost $6000 for blood cancer research through the World’s Greatest Shave.
For months Madi and her mother Ann visited businesses and homes throughout the Barossa region to raise funds.
They were stunned by the generosity of strangers.
“It has put my faith back in humanity – I’ve been absolutely blown away by it,” said Anne Nemeth, Madi’s mum.
“I didn't realise there were so many people out there willing to help. People helped how ever they could by donating services, their time, or through gifts.
“Madi really did it all herself, she was the one who made the hand-outs and went in and talked to the shop-owners.”
The Lord Lyndoch Hotel offered to host the Madi’s shave alongside an auction, dinner and drinks - all of which contributed to the charity.
Among the donated items on sale was an accommodation package valued at $850 which included a 1-hour Vineyard Journey for two people donated by Barossa Horse Riding, an exclusive Private Wine Cellar experience donated by The Lord Lyndoch, and one night’s accommodation donated by Abbotsford Country Homes.
Ms Nemeth said the night was equal parts fantastic and emotional.
“She (Madi) was a little bit nervous initially but she just had the biggest smile on her face when she saw what she looked like, because she looks absolutely beautiful,” said Ms Nemeth.
"Can't thank everybody enough, the amount of people here and the support is just amazing! Pa would be so happy,” Madi said in a teary speech.
The event on Thursday raised about $2900 on top of the $2800 already raised through online donations.
Madi’s hair will also be donated so that a cancer suffered receiving treatment could feel beautiful.
“In the end everything was donated. You just can’t thank people enough,” said Ms Nemeth.
September marks the beginning of Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
Leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma are all types of blood cancer and can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time.
Donations can be made on the World’s Greatest Shave website.