Boy to go un­der the clip­pers for good cause

Pilbara News - - Education - Ali­cia Perera

■ Kar­ratha 11-year-old Jared Coutts usu­ally dis­likes hair­cuts, but to­day he has his big­gest one yet.

The Tam­brey Pri­mary School Year 6 stu­dent’s mop of blonde hair will be shaved off in a school as­sem­bly this morn­ing for Leukaemia Foun­da­tion cam­paign the World’s Great­est Shave.

Jared’s ef­fort was in­spired by his ex­pe­ri­ence of los­ing a fam­ily mem­ber to the dis­ease.

“I want to do the World’s Great­est Shave be­cause one of my cousins, he died from can­cer four years ago,” he said. “He was only 20.” “He was so young and I miss him a lot.”

Jared, who is a Scout and has been in­volved in a lot of char­ity ac­tiv­i­ties, de­cided to do his bit for the World’s Great­est Shave when he saw an ad for it on TV last year, but un­for­tu­nately that was on the last day of the cam­paign.

He said he was aim­ing to raise $2000 be­cause that was the amount the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion said could con­trib­ute to ma­jor blood can­cer re­search.

Jared and his mother Kel­lie said his school and the com­mu­nity had been very sup­port­ive, help­ing him raise more than $1000 through an on­line fundrais­ing page, door-knock­ing around Kar­ratha, and do­na­tion boxes in Kmart and Bed, Bath and Beauty.

Jared said he felt “kind of ner­vous” about the shave, but also brave to be do­ing some­thing not many peo­ple did.

“It feels good be­cause I’m help­ing peo­ple,” he said.

You can con­trib­ute to Jared’s cam­paign on https:// worlds­great­est­

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha boy Jared Coutts, 11, will have his hair shaven off in front of his whole pri­mary school for the World’s Great­est Shave.

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