Brave Year 8 St Andrew’s Anglican College students Annabelle and Sammy shaved their luscious locks for a cure recently, raising over $2,000 each for the Leukaemia Foundation. As part of the school’s World’s Greatest Shave team, Annabelle and Sammy contributed to the team’s goal of $25,000, with more head shaving to happen at the school on Tuesday 4 May, including of well-loved teachers.
Sammy – Year 8, St Andrew’s Anglican College student
I think it’s important for young people to understand the struggles that many people around the world have to go through every day. While leukemia treatments are getting better, there is still a lot that has to be done to support people, and raising awareness helps. Simply colouring or cutting your hair or shaving your head can make a big difference to people who need awareness raised for them, and of course the money raised can play a big part, too!
Every day teenagers and young people in general use their hair to express themselves. It might be through colour or a stylish cut. Regardless, your hair is important to you. For you to shave it off, even though it means so much to you, is a very brave thing to do.
Shaving off your hair shows people who have leukaemia that they are not alone. I also think it could help make them feel more ‘normal’. I also think it shows them that people care and people (and just society in general) love them, especially when times are very tough.
My message for people with leukaemia is to keep fighting. You are strong enough! Fight so you can see a new day. Sending all my love.
Annabelle – Year 8, St Andrew’s Anglican College student
I believe that it is important for young people to get behind initiatives like Shave for a Cure because it is important to get out of your comfort zone and inspire others. Every young person should have a time in their life (before they are adults) where they can remember a significant achievement that makes them proud like shaving their hair to help support and recognise the importance of blood cancer.
Giving up my hair was very significant because being a girl, you like to style your hair and to shave it all off sounds a bit scary at first. The one thing that kept me persistent throughout the lead-up was the thought that I was doing it in recognition for blood cancer and the thought that someone might be able to use my hair for a wig made me happy.
I am recognising the cause and supporting people with leukaemia by doing the World’s Greatest Shave which is one of the reasons I love the program. Also, understanding the challenges they go through and feeling that we are being brave together by shaving my head as they go through the battle.
A message of support I would give to people living with leukaemia would be to be brave, stay positive, persist and keep going because there are children like my friend Sammy and me that want to help you in any way possible. The money we raised goes towards giving people with leukaemia the best environment possible to keep fighting.Jump to next article