A real bunch of life shavers

A real bunch of life shavers

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Southern River College teacher Shaq Mckenzie, year eight student Katie Russell and student services staff Owen Davies participated in this year’s Leukemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave event. Photograph — Aaron Van Rongen.

A brave act from one local student inspired a whole school to take part in a World’s Greatest Shave event and donated more than $3700 to the Leukaemia Foundation.

Southern River College student Katie Russell decided last year she would be shaving her head as the result of having many family members and her mother’s close friends being affected by cancer.

The 13-year-old said she felt nervous but was extremely excited to be involved in the good cause.

“I feel very proud of myself of what I did today, it was nerve racking at first but now I feel so relieved because it’s all done and I am happy that everyone came here to support me and thankful with everyone who joined,” she said.

The three staff members who joined Katie on stage shaved their heads and could not hide their facial expressions in shock when they felt their bald heads.

Student services staff Owen Davies said it was fantastic to see the school community spirit behind such a great cause.

“We are trying to raise awareness on blood cancer and it feels fabulous to do it through this great event,” she said.

Former student Jesse Trip, who owns Johnny’s Barber Shop in Maddington, was invited to cut hair on the day.

“I think it takes a lot of bravery to do this because I know their hair will take up to a year to grow back so it is truly great what they did,” he said.