Students at Orange Public School rallied behind one of their own this week wearing beanies to raise money for brain cancer research.
Thomas O’Brien championed the idea after his grandfather died from the disease.
Thomas said it had been a tough time but having the support of the school had made all the difference.
“It means the world to me,” Thomas said.
Thomas raised more than $9000, while friend Daniel Ritchie raised more than $1000.
Teachers Drew Bale and Tony Kay also got behind the Mark Hughes Foundation fundraiser, losing beards and hair to support the boys.
The school raised $1000 through gold coin donations, helped along by an $80 donation by student Andrew Thomsen who also went under the clippers.