AN estimated 30 students and teachers at Model Farms High School will have their heads shaved on Friday for a great cause.
The school’s Student Representative Council (SRC) and drama and english teacher Chris Montgomery have organised a World’s Greatest Shave event to raise money to help find a cure for cancer.
Mr Montgomery has helped students run World’s Greatest Shave events in the past, but it now has a personal connection to him after he lost his mother to cancer in March 2016.
After bravely speaking about what his family went through while his mother battled the deadly disease, the school community has rallied behind the event.
Students who are not getting their hair shaved off are planning to get their hair coloured to support the cause.
Winston Hills Mall, where Mr Montgomery’s mother worked at Big W, has donated $1000 and hairdressing businesses Care For Hair and La Bionda have volunteered to shave people’s heads on Friday.
“It is great to see the school community get behind it,” Mr Montgomery said.
“During an assembly I talked to the students about what my family and I went through when my mother battled cancer for six months
“It was difficult, but it is my job to educate the children and it is important that they know about cancer and that can hit close to home.”
SRC member Corinne Kennedy said there has been a good response from her peers.
“Sometimes young people don’t get involved because they are ‘too cool’, but this is something all our students are willing to throw themselves in the deep end for,” Corinne said.
“We have a great school spirit. We organise a lot of events, and this one we don’t have to worry about whether the kids will do it, as they are willing to get involved.
‘It is great to have a school community that supports each other.”
Her classmate, Abbey Sim, added that the students looked up to Mr Montgomery and more students got involved when they heard his story.
Student Matthew Donohoo will join Mr Montgomery by getting his shaved on Friday.
“I did it last year, and I’m looking forward to doing it again,” Matthew said.
“It is great to raise money for a great cause. I have grown my hair out a bit and I’m looking forward to the day.”
The school will also hold a mufti (casual clothes) day on Friday to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Schools across The Hills have embraced World’s Greatest Shave, with Crestwood High School raising $15,000.
Hills Grammar held its World’s Greatest Shave event in February.