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Friday, April 23, 2021

GALLERY: Students make bald move

Merewether High School is a whole lot lighter today after almost 90 students shaved, chopped or coloured their luscious locks.

A tradition in its sixth year, the students participated in the World’s Greatest Shave in a bid to help those in need and to ‘shave the world from blood cancer’.

School Captain George McNamara said he was proud of what the Year 12 cohort was able to create.

“It’s always been a big tradition here at MHS,” he said.

 “The years before us have done and raised unbelievable amounts of money, so part of the reason we do it is for the challenge to continue that tradition and beating the other years but it is also to help those families in need.”

The students have certainly made use of their time, having raised a whopping $70,000 for the Leukemia Foundation. 

“At the beginning of this year I was in disbelief that we would make it this far but I am so glad that we were able to make a big difference and I only pray that next year they’re able to make as much to be able to contribute to those who need it,” George said. 

Prefect and one of the lead organisers, Aiden Bottom said they’re all stoked to have beaten last year’s $52,000.

“We have smashed that goal and have certainly set a hard record for next year’s group,” he said. 

When asked how he felt about losing all of his hair Aiden said he couldn’t wait. 

Isabella Bywater and Crystal Lang Piason after their shave in front of the school.

“I can’t wait, I’m sick of it,” he said.

It wasn’t just the boys though, several of the girls said goodbye to their locks, including Isabella Bywater and Crystal Lang Piason. 

With only the slightest look of fear on their faces as they took to the shave stage, the girls said they had no regrets. 

Principal Rochelle Dooley says the students have done an incredible job.

“It’s an absolutely phenomenal effort, they set themselves the goal of $50,000 and they’ve well and truly exceeded that, they’ve smashed it,” she said.

“There’s around 86 students that are shaving, colouring or cutting their hair.

“I just really want to credit the year group and the work that they’ve done, this has been a student led initiative and it showcases the incredible talents they have, we are very proud of them and the efforts they have made and their impact in making a difference to the world beyond their school.”

To donate to the school’s fundraiser, go to the World’s Greatest Shave website.

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