By Brendan Rees
The leaders of Narre Warren’s Oatlands Primary School have braved the chop to raise funds for a good cause.
There were shrieks of joy from a crowd of more than 1,300 as the six captains and vice-captains had their heads shaved or flowing locks cut on Friday 2 August to raise money for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Up to 20cm of hair was lopped from each student which will all be donated to the centre.
One of the vice-captain’s had been growing his hair for 18 months to donate it.
“We felt that it was an honour to do something to help the sick people at the hospital,” they said.
The leaders organised the day where students and teachers made a gold coin donation and were encouraged to wear a wacky hairstyle.
Teachers’ names were drawn out of a hat to decide who would be cutting each of the students’ hair.
“We thought it made it more fun for the students to watch and the teachers enjoyed being involved,” teacher Tania Nicholas said.
One student Jett Robertson said he was proud to cut his hair for the worthy cause.
“I’ve always had my hair pretty long … might need to buy a beanie,” he said.