A close shave for a good cause

A close shave for a good cause

Mr Burgio, Ned Marshall (Year 12), and Mr Correia after shaving their heads

On the final day of House Week, CBC Fremantle students dared to bare all for the Leukaemia Foundation's annual World's Greatest Shave event.

Lead by Year 12 Prefect, Ned Marshall, the 12 boys from Years 10 to 12 have already raised more than $6,000 dollars for the Leukaemia Foundation, which will be used to support Australian families and fund vital research into the disease, which is the third most common cause of cancer death in Australia.

"Both my Dad and a close family friend have been affected by leukaemia in recent years," Ned said. "My family and I felt the impacts pretty heavily, so it's as much for them as it is for everyone else, and for families who get diagnosed in the future."

A number of boys also chose to spray colour their hair, as a more temporary way of supporting the cause.

After seeing that the boys had raised more than $4,000 before the event even began, Deputy Principal, Mr Domenic Burgio, and Head of Rice House, Mr Adrian Correia, offered to also suffer the shears, and the donations flooded in!

"I paid forty dollars for a haircut three weeks ago," Mr Burgio said, "But this cut is priceless. It's great to see our boys behind such a worthy cause; the support has been tremendous."

"Cancer has cast a dark shadow over my family for many years," Mr Burgio added. "Having lost my mother and three of her siblings to this insidious disease, and after testing positive to the BRCA2 gene, I had a double mastectomy last year, and one of my daughters will undergo the same procedure this year."

"Raising awareness and money for a cure is close to my heart, and the real courage is shown by those who have fought and continue to fight cancer.

The event, which was supported by hundreds of students with many families donating online, is a clear demonstration of many of the qualities of a CBC gentleman, including being selfless and recognising and valuing the 'other'.

If you'd like to donate, you can do so here.