Wollongong priest's ponytail cut off in World's Greatest Shave

Father Abbassi loses his ponytail. Picture: ADAM McLEAN
Father Abbassi loses his ponytail. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Hair today, gone tomorrow.

It is a familiar feeling for Balgownie's Jonathon Saba, who has participated in the World's Greatest Shave for the past seven years, in support of those battling cancer around him.

Not so, however, for Mr Saba's parish priest Father Ephram Abbassi, who joined him at the St Elias Orthodox Church on Sunday for an overdue haircut.

"Father Ephram hasn't had a haircut in six years, [but] when I told him that I was doing [the World's Greatest Shave] again this year he asked if he could join me as well, seeing as we have people in our parish suffering cancer at the moment," the 18-year-old said.

Mr Saba's mum Norma, a cancer survivor, did the honours and cut off Fr Ephram's ponytail, before taking to both with clippers.

As always, it was a bittersweet moment for Mr Saba, who has watched his father, mother, extended family members and a good mate go through various cancer treatments.

"The first year I did it my father had gotten over cancer but at the same time my mother had just been diagnosed with cancer, so I have been shaving my head every year since," he said.

The pair raised $2000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.