GIRLS with long hair and boys with afros have cut and shaved their hair to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Schools across The Hills region have raised thousands of dollars by organising World’s Greatest Shave events at their respective schools.
Model Farms High School had 30 students and teachers shave their heads last Friday.
The school is not aware of the combined amount raised as students individually raised from $2000 to more than $1000 for each shave, and teacher Chris Montgomery, who lost his mother to cancer, raised $6500.
“I’m really proud of how the school community rallied together to support the cause, and I’m thankful for the support from family, friends and the local community,” Mr Montgomery said.
Year 12 student Bailey Moulds, who raised $450, shaved off his afro after making a promise he would support the cause this year.
“It is a bit cold (with my hair gone) but it is all for a good cause,” Bailey said after the shave.
“Last year I said I was going to do it, and I could have raised more but I only started fundraising two weeks ago.
“We have a great school community, and it was great to see so many people here watching the shave and supporting the cause.”
While most schools have held their event this month, Hills Grammar held their shave in February and raised $20,000.
The event hit close to home for the Hills Grammar students as year 12 student Max Chatillon has been fighting cancer for the past year.
Max left his sick bed at Westmead Hospital to see his twin brother Harry and his class mates shave their heads.
The school raised $20,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation, and girls cut their pony tails off to donate hair to the Alopecia Foundation.
Crestwood High School raised $15,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation during their recent World’s Greatest Shave.