KINROSS Wolaroi School students threw themselves behind the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave on Wednesday, hosting their own Shave for a Cure.
Despite having the option to shave or colour their hair, eight students and one teacher took the plunge and had their locks lopped off.
Nicola Kermode captained the 2014 Kinross Shavers team, and was joined whole-heartedly by Mia Hull, Harry Lovell, Emily Wright, Charlie Cooper, Ben Watt, Alasdair Denholm and Maddie Adams, along with teacher Emma Jackson-LeCouteur.
Through donations the Shavers have raised over $18,000, primarily through the school’s fete and Wednesday’s shave, eclipsing the group’s $8000 target.
“We’ve raised just over $18,500 so far,” Miss Kermode enthused.
“We don’t have any more big fundraising activities, but donations are still open.”
Miss Kermode said acute anxiety engulfed her prior to the event, but after a lot of chopping, laughter and plenty of money raised, she said her new Vin Diesel do was completely worth it.
The shave has become somewhat of a tradition for Kinross year 11 groups, dating back several years.
“[It’s been done] for a while now, but me and the other girls were certainly pretty nervous,” she laughed.
“I haven’t done the shave before, but it’s just such a great cause. We saw it as a fantastic opportunity to raise money for a much-needed cause.
Everyone else in the school supported it massively too, they all came down and watched.”
Several students jumped at the opportunity to grab the clippers and join in the shearing, particularly when Kinross teacher Emma Jackson-LeCouteur stepped up to the chair.
Within minutes Miss Jackson-LeCouteur’s hair was gone, giving students plenty of mirth, Miss Kermode said.
“It was fairly amusing watching her get it cut off,” she said.