Sarah King, Annie Groves, and Phoebe Zietsch.
Sarah King, Annie Groves, and Phoebe Zietsch.

There's locks at stake

THE loss of loved ones to cancer continued at an alarming rate last year.

Annie Groves, 17, of Mororo, lost her mother. Her mum, Di Groves, died in January 2009 after a battle with the illness.

Annie’s loss inspired her close friend and school captain, Phoebe Zietsch, of James Creek, to convince a handful of Year 12 seniors at Maclean High to go to the extreme measure of shaving their heads to raise money for research with the World’s Greatest Shave on Friday, March 12.

Phoebe and Annie will be facing the clippers, together with Sarah King, vice-captain Steven Jenner, and late entrant Alice Batcheldor, as well as a number of teachers.

“So many people have a relative or friend fighting cancer. There are too many people suffering and we are hoping to raise awareness and money to help fight the illness by shaving our heads for Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave,” said 16-year-old Sarah, from Gulmarrad.

Annie said: “It’s a tribute to my mum. We are hoping to raise at least $500, but first we are doing our best to get the word out.

“We have printed and posted fliers all around the Valley and we are also using Facebook to spread the word,” she said.

The Facebook page is called Clippin’ for Cancer and the girls urge supporters to check it out.

Sarah said the girls hope business and residents will dig deep.

“We’ll also be calling on local businesses to help out by sponsoring and we hope everyone in the Valley makes a donation, even if it’s only a small one. Every dollar counts,” Sarah said.

Despite having concerns about how to style short hair for their school formal later in the year, the girls remain committed to the cause.

“We’re not going to have a lot of hair for our school formal, but that’s okay,” Sarah said.

DONATIONS to World’s Greatest Shave can be made in a number of ways ...

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