A group of Chevalier College students have taken a brave step in support of a staff member and a class mate.
Sixteen Year 11 students have opted for close shaves to raise money for the World’s Greatest Shave.
Their close crop was prompted as a show of support for a member of the Chevalier College staff who is battling cancer.
In an expression of compassion and generosity, the group of Chevalier students joined in solidarity with other students in the Southern Highlands to raise money for the annual Leukaemia Foundation fundraiser.
Their effort was a gesture of support for staff member Joanne McMahon, whose daughter is a classmate of the students.
But no-one had anticipated how much support they would gain from others.
They have so far raised more than $13,000.
The actions of the students has also resulted in a profound groundswell of momentum within the community as a result of their initiative.
With just three likely starters, many more boys joined in as interest grew.
Year 11 student Callum Peattie proudly revealed, “we decided to recruit more boys willing to shave their heads to strengthen our support for the cause and, before we knew it, about 40 boys around the Southern Highlands had opted to join forces with us.”
“Skinheads can now be seen in almost every school in the area.,” he said.
After setting themselves a modest goal of $1000, the students had to quickly reassess their expectations as donations began to pour in to their team fundraising page.
They would like to thank all of those who have contributed.
The college has commended all of the students involved for their extraordinary display of kindness and enthusiasm in reaching out to those in need within the community.
If you would like to support the effort of the students by making a donation to World’s Greatest Shave go to https://secure.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?TeamID=102444.