Brave spirits at St Michael’s cut through

The courage of a small group of people to bring about change for good has cut through a worthy cause.

Nineteen members of the school community at St Michael’s Catholic Primary Lane Cove lost their locks as part of the Worlds Greatest Shave event.

The 18 students ­– James Kearney, James Hector, Oli Mitchell, Zach Hitchins-Brown, Jake Hitchins-Brown, Charlie Biddle, Lachlan Cashion, Luc Beasley, Sam Poynton, Lucas Gontarczyk, Henry Burn, Louis Burn, Ryder Thomas, Daniel Wright, Rushton Reid, Ashton Courtney, Declan Stewart and Ciara Corcoran ­– were joined by one school parent.

Mrs Kayscha Corcoran said she joined her daughter Ciara, in Year 5, to achieve some solidarity with her in taking part in the event. Ciara and Kayscha raised over $12,000 between the two of them.

It’s just one of the many outreach programs that the students in our Catholic school take part in.

– Steve Conlon

She was the only parent from the school to be brave enough to sport a new look alongside the kids.

Held at the school on Wednesday, 15 March, St Michael’s school community raised in excess $20,000 to support families undergoing treatment for blood cancer.

Three other students – Rushton Reid, Ashton Courtney and Declan Stewart – participated in the event at their local shopping mall.

Many of the participants said they have been personally been touched by cancer, with either friends or family suffering from the disease.

School Principal Steve Conlon said: “Like any school community, St Michael’s, has been touched by personal experiences of family members, friends and neighbours affected by cancer or Leukamia.

“Many members of our school community are confronting this as we speak. We continue to keep these families, and all people affected by all forms of cancer, in our prayers,” he added.

Mr Conlon said that it was the fourth year that St Michael’s students had instigated the fundraiser to show solidarity and selflessness.

“The whole enterprise has been inspiring and a great example of students showing care and concern for others. It’s just one of the many outreach programs that the students in our Catholic school take part in.”

The Leukemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave raises research money to fund blood cancer research awareness.

Blood cancer claims the lives of many Australians every year. More than 12,000 Australians develop leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma – about 35 people every day.

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