Goomeri school shaves
THERE was hair in all the colours of the rainbow when 70 Goomeri State School P-10 students coloured for a cure on Thursday, May 3.
A total of $4043 was raised for the Leukaemia Foundation.
According to the foundation, this was the highest amount raised by a school of its size in the Wide Bay district.
It was an afternoon of fun with a sausage sizzle and other hair-related activities in addition to the colouring.
Radio station Crow FM did live crosses during the afternoon with updates on the action
With a fundraising goal of $3000, and the previous school fundraising record sitting at $1500, the students knew it was a big task to reach their target.
To assist the students five teachers put their hair on the line and volunteered to Shave for a Cure.
Each teacher had a fundraising target for the students to reach if they wanted to see them go bald.
The targets ranged from $400 for science teacher Doug McInnes' hair to $2000 and $3000 for teachers Melinda Moylan and Jessica Nicholson who had a combined hair length of 95cm.
Although fundraising was slow to start, added incentives such as tickets to a Gold Coast theme park and the highest fundraiser getting to do the first shave of Mrs Moylan's head, certainly assisted in motivating the students.
By the end of the day, the school not only achieved its target of $3000, but exceeded it by more than $1000.
Principal Leon Doorackers said it was a fantastic day to be a part of with the students and staff working together to benefit such a worthy cause.
"I have never been prouder of our school community," Mr Doorackers said.
Ms Nicholson said she'd had long hair for most of her life.
"Having had long hair for most of my life, I knew it would have to take an extreme effort on everyone's behalf for it to go," she said.
"Thanks to the generous knitting efforts of staff and parents, I now own a great assortment of beanies and scarves to survive the cold winter."
Staff and students thanked everyone for helping to fundraise - local businesses including Goomeri Country Hair for doing the colouring and shaving, J Smith & Sons for their generous sponsorship, Uniting Church Child Care Centre for hosting a pyjama party fundraiser and Crow FM for coming out for the afternoon.
They also sent special thanks went to the sponsoring families, without whom the event would not have been such a success.
"All the kids had a fantastic day, but the best part was knowing that the money we raised is going to help so many people who are sick with cancer," student Talia Sims said.