Six brave Tumut High School year 11 students and five teaching staff all stepped up to participate in the World’s Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation last Thursday.
Student Lori Webb founded the Tumut High Braves the Shave Team, with peers Daniel Hibbens and Lily Carroll soon joining forces along with teacher Jo-Ann Stroud, using the slogan ‘Shave if you dare, donate if you care’.
They were joined by students Jack Belt, Damon O’Brien and Ben Jeffery.
Together they amassed over $13,000 in funds raised.
On the day, a crazy hair day and lunchtime sausage sizzle run by the THS Student Representative Council added an additional $1277.50 to the team’s total.
Both Lori and Lily’s hair was donated for wig making to further assist those affected by cancer treatment.
Funds continue to be raised following the shave.
Lucy, Josie and Kyana from The Collective Hair Salon generously donated their time, expertise and equipment to help shave the participants.
Lori didn’t expect the group to raise so much money.
“No way,” she said.
She paid tribute to the school’s teachers, especially Jo-Ann Stroud, whose involvement boosted the event’s success.
“She really got a lot of people involved.”
Losing her hair was no bother for Lori.
“The only time I was nervous was when I was up there on the day in front of everyone,” she said.
Lily said she had been thinking about doing the World’s Greatest Shave for a while before she got talking to Lori about it.
“I have had a few people I know die of cancer,” she said.
She had plenty of motivation and no hesitation.
“I read an article called My Hair Is Not Me,” she said.
Daniel, the 2019 Tumut Young Citizen of the Year, got involved to support Lori and Lily.
He was also surprised with the amount the group raised.
“No way I thought we would raise that much,” he said.
“I’m pretty proud.”
Lori said she wanted to thank everyone for their support and for getting involved.