Five students, one teacher and one parent from the Urquhart Park Primary School had their locks cut off last Thursday to show their support for the World’s Greatest Shave. The idea came from grade six student Paige McIntosh after seeing how one of her younger friend’s was affected by cancer.
“It just broke my heart to see her coming to school like that and having to miss out on stuff,” Paige said. “And I thought I can do something to help. “My teacher, Mr Westaway, is also taking part.”
The rest of the school took part in a ‘Funky Hair’ day, with some very original styles on display. Every March thousands of people are sponsored to shave, colour or wax their hair to help people with blood cancer. The World’s Greatest Shave is now in its 17th year and raises about half the money that the Leukaemia Foundation needs to fund its vital work.
Since ‘Shave For a Cure’ began in 1998 around $178 million has been raised to help beat blood cancer.
The money that is raised will support the Leukaemia Foundation’s important work to beat blood cancer. From their website the following statistics show that even a small donation can help in a big way: $36 can give emotional support to help someone overcome the initial shock of being diagnosed. $58 can provide free transport to someone who is too ill to drive before and after chemotherapy. $80 can give a regional family a free place to stay close to treatment in the city, for one night. $120 can fund a scholarship to give essential support to a major blood cancer research project, for one day.