SOME Mareeba State High School students and members of staff said goodbye to their locks today as they participated in the World’s Greatest Shave.
The initiative, which began in 1998, raises money to find a cure for blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma among others.
One such student who participated this year was MSHS School Captain Ryan Paton.
“This is the first time I’ve participated in the World’s Greatest Shave, and while it feels a bit weird walking around with a bald head, I’m really glad to be a part of the initiative,” he laughed.
“I personally know people who have been affected by blood cancer, so I wanted to try and make a difference in any way I could.”
Ryan said his fundraising efforts exceeded his own expectations, and he noted that he would like to thank those who helped him during his donation drive.
“I initially was aiming to raise around $300-400, however I was able to raise more than $500 which is awesome,” he said.
“Being in my final year of schooling, it means a lot to take part in such a worthwhile initiative and the support from the community has been great.
“I want to thank everyone who donated to the cause, particularly the businesses within the community who were very generous with their donations.”
For those interested in donating to the World’s Greatest Shave, you can do so by visiting their website at www.worldsgreatestshave.com.au and following the prompts.