When two Year 12 St Mary’s Cathedral College boys decided to help their mate diagnosed with cancer a second time, they thought bold and bald.
St Mary’s Cathedral College Year 12 student, Jacques Pacifique, was told he had leukaemia on Christmas Eve 2014 after beating it over four years earlier.
Year 12 students Arthur Tsanis and Jordan Groves said the best way they could support Jacques was to hold a World’s Greatest Shave Day and raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Fundraising has been so successful that they’ve exceeded their wildest expectations.
Their initial goal was to raise $5,000. Their fundraising has now tipped $51,000. In a school of only 794 boys, that’s a huge achievement.
On Monday 9 March, at the start of Catholic Schools Week, Years 7-11 boys dyed their hair and Year 12 boys had their hair shaved by Jacques.
The foundation holds the shave from 12-15 March but the boys have done it earlier because while Jacques attends school on Monday while he is having his chemotherapy.
The concept of shaving or dyeing your hair for Catholic Education Week may seem a stretch but in the context of this year’s theme “Educating for Today and Tomorrow”, medical research touches the future and also makes a powerful statement for Jacques.
“We’re coming second in New South Wales and fourth in Australia in raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation,” said Jordan.