More than 600 Good Shepherd students and staff filled the College’s HPE Centre today to cheer on the 17 brave students who had their hair shaved or “chopped” to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.
So far, the College has raised more than $10,000 – and is still counting – to help find a cure for blood cancer.
This extraordinary effort is a result of a month of fundraising efforts by students from Prep to Year 12, working together to raise as much money as they could.
Event coordinator Jo Anna Morrison said the students showed great enthusiasm towards the event and were very competitive in their fundraising efforts.
“The students dedicated their break times to bake sales, drink stalls, a sausage sizzle as well to their own individual fundraising efforts,” she said.
“The students have done an exceptional job at exceeding the fundraising goal we set this year through their amazing efforts and perseverance.”
“In addition, the College had an online donation portal through the Leukaemia Foundation’s website which was very successful as well.”
The longer hair that was sacrificed at the event will go to the Variety Foundation, which uses the hair to make wigs for children in need due to varying medical conditions.
“We were overwhelmed by the number of students who were happy to give up their hair for a good cause,” Ms Morrison said.
“Traditionally, students from this age group might be a little uneasy about shaving their hair off, yet both boys and girls were excited about the fact that they could make a difference.”
Along with the traditional shaving of hair, for a gold coin donation, students from Prep to Year 12 had the opportunity to have ‘crazy’ hair and wear free dress for the day to show their support, with all proceeds going towards the final tally.