Flinders Year 12 students shave for a cure for blood cancer

The Leukaemia Foundation’s fight to beat blood cancer is stronger thanks to senior students at Matthew Flinders Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast who chopped their hair to raise an impressive $6,800 in donations.

The group of 15 students in Year 12 raised the impressive sum as part of the recent World’s Greatest Shave campaign. The students were cheered on at lunchtime by their fellow students and Flinders staff as they either had their head shaved or their ponytails cut.

Hairdressers from local Buderim salon, Suite Three Hair made the cuts and ensured the students’ precious locks were properly collected. The chopped hair has been forwarded onto Variety – the Children’s Charity of Queensland who will help make new wigs for children fighting cancer.

The College supported the fundraiser as an opportunity to have fun and unite the school community, while learning important life lessons about empathy, humanity and community service.

Flinders Head of Senior School, Mr Gary Davis said the Year 12 students had experienced the reward of working together to make a positive impact in the world. Over 50 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer every day. The Leukaemia Foundation’s latest ‘Blood Cancer in Australia’ report confirms that in just 15 years, by 2035, this number will be doubled to 100 people every day. The campaign notes, ‘The students of today are the doctors, medical researchers, nurses and health care workers of tomorrow’ so it’s important we look to the future for a cure.

This year, the World’s Greatest Shave went “green” again thanks to a partnership with Sustainable Salons.

This meant that the hair that was too short to be used for wigs, will instead be transformed into compost and floating booms to absorb oil spills at sea.


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