Today hot wax covered hair on the legs of Joel Dark, Samuel Richardson and Macabe Grass.
The three St Clare’s High School students fronted up at school in Taree to have the hair ripped from their legs as part of the school’s campaign to support the Leukaemia Foundation fundraising event, the World’s Greatest Shave.
It was a bold, painful move for the boys and one they hope will see students, family and friends cough up cash on the St Clare’s High School team page on the World’s Greatest Shave website.
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Odin Augey and Lachlan Brown decided to lose their locks and the choice to take part builds on an emerging group culture to take part in charity fundraising events. Last year it was Movember and the boys helped to raise around $2500, this year it’s the World’s Greatest Shave.
For Macabe the choice to take part honours Wes Austin, a loved family friend and next door neighbour who died in December last year after fighting a long, hard battle with cancer.
“I’d known Wes since I was four, he used to put me on the school bus and he was 79 when he died,” Macabe said.
“He got cancer about five years ago, had chemo and got better but then he got secondary cancer and had another struggle with it, he really went down hill from there. It was pretty bad.
One day I saw him down the street and he did not know who I was and that was pretty hard.Macabe Grass.
“One day I saw him down the street and he did not know who I was and that was pretty hard. The fight was so hard, he couldn’t do what he loved and he just loved playing with his cars and stuff but he was just gutted all the time.”
The motivation for Joel Dark to wax his legs is different.
“The way I see it is that if I am fit and am able to help out, so I should. Cancer affects everyone and everyone can relate to it.”
“I play footy and shave my ankles to make it easier to take the tape off, so it (the waxing) will be good for me and also help out!”
Odin adds that he is keen to lose his locks.
“I originally needed a haircut, this is for a good cause and so I said to my teacher, put me in and I’ll get my head shaved!”
He swims three times a week at Laurieton Pool and finds the long hair annoying as it gets in the way. He says he will grow it back, but for now he hopes people will support him and the school to raise funds.
To make a donation visit the St Clare’s High School fundraising page on the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave website.