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Student shaves head for late father

HEADS UP: Sam Hall is mobbed by his mates wanting a chance to feel his newly shaved head after he lost his locks for Shave for a Cure. The McAuley Catholic College Year 12 student had a very personal reason for doing the shave, after loosing his father Mark Hall to cancer. Photo: JoJo Newby
HEADS UP: Sam Hall is mobbed by his mates wanting a chance to feel his newly shaved head after he lost his locks for Shave for a Cure. The McAuley Catholic College Year 12 student had a very personal reason for doing the shave, after loosing his father Mark Hall to cancer. Photo: JoJo Newby

SAM Hall was clearly out of his comfort zone.

The teenager, perched on a chair as the main focal point of a school assembly at McAuley Catholic College, tried to turn away as the camera turned to him.

Asked to speak, he managed a few nervous words before turning to the job at hand.

Sam was to have his head shaved. And it was personal.

Sam lost his father, popular Grafton Ghosts stalwart Mark, to cancer last year and wanted to help make life easier for other families going through the same pain as his own.

On his own initiative, the quiet Year 12 student organised a World's Greatest Shave event for the school and got enormous support from fellow students and school staff.

Nine McAuley students (Damien Ashby, Sam Hall, Jackson Campbell, Brayden Richardson, Jayden McDonough, Sean O'Reilly, Jaxson Smyth, Cale Calligan and Chris Arnott) as well as administration assistant Ann Watkins had their heads shaved at yesterday's assembly while teacher, Jeff Ashenden, who has had a beard for as long as anyone can remember, had his beard shaven.

Sam said it was not easy getting up in front of a crowd for the shave, but was something he felt compelled to do.

"I've had heaps of support from other kids at the school," he said.

That was clear from the loud cheer he received when the first locks of hair were removed.

"I think (the fundraising) will help people living with cancer," he said.

"I know what it is like living with someone with cancer and know how much the support can mean."

He said it was likely the money raised would go towards accommodation for sufferers and their families and to providing emotional support.

Sam, who had a number one cut, said it was the first time he had his hair short.

He said he had reasonable length on his hair when born and "I've had it long for ages".

Teacher Mark Bellamy said the event raised about $2000.

Meanwhile at Maclean High more than 1000 students swarmed around the quadrangle at 1pm to see six fellow students shave their heads and dozens coloured their hair.

With Linkin Park blasting out rock tunes Ashley Fryer, Michael Casement, Madison Kenny, Besse Groves, Rhiannon Pye and 11-year-old Cowper Public School student Sarah Kurdi went under the clippers.

Between them the kids raised more than $2000.

Topics:  cancer, mcauley catholic college, world's greatest shave



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