Hair-razing charity effortDoug Conway
Students amass over $85,000 to battle blood cancer
Senior School students have again sacrificed their hair in the World’s Greatest Shave to raise a whopping $87,000 for the Leukemia Foundation.
The response was huge as 78 students turned up at recess and lunchtimes in the week-long event to have their locks cut.
The event was co-ordinated by students from Wynn Jones House, who said in their appeal to the Trinity community: “With no screening programs available and no means of prevention through lifestyle changes, blood cancer is Australia’s hidden cancer crisis.
“Every day, 53 Aussies are diagnosed with blood cancer, and 16 will lose their life.
“It requires teamwork to stop blood cancer from wrecking lives. The funds we raise will give people facing blood cancer all the support and information they need, while driving breakthrough research projects discovering better ways to diagnose and treat blood cancer.”
The amount eclipsed the record $80,000 collected last year.
“Once again this event has brought the School community together,” said Andrew Yarad, Deputy Head of the Senior School.
“The sum raised is an enormous amount of money,” he told students at a quad assembly.
“You have done a wonderful job and you can be proud of it.”
A spokesman for the Leukemia Foundation said: “When you sacrifice your hair you send a powerful message of hope.”
Every year some 20,000 Australians shave their heads to help conquer blood cancer.
So far the Foundation has raised more than $16 million – thanks to efforts like Trinity’s.