Los­ing locks to re­mem­ber mate

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Natalie Wynne

WHEN Townsville teen Rhys Pen­gelly lost his battle with leukaemia last year, his for­mer school mates wanted to cel­e­brate and re­mem­ber the muchloved stu­dent in a spe­cial way.

Townsville State High School’s an­nual Shave for a Cure assem­bly had stu­dents and staff colour and lose their locks all for a good cause.

Rhys’s mother, Kel­lie Stu­art, sup­ported the school in their fundrais­ing quest.

She said the stu­dents’ ef­forts to re­mem­ber Rhys were re­mark­able.

‘‘ It was a very proud mo­ment

for my­self and my fam­ily,’’ Ms Stu­art said.

‘‘ It’s truly in­spi­ra­tional to see he still con­tin­ues to live on.’’

Past stu­dents from Rhys’s class also at­tended to lend their sup­port.

For­mer class­mate Lucy Kennedy was one of two to par­tic­i­pate in shav­ing her long locks. She said she de­cided to pick up where Rhys left off in his fundrais­ing ef­forts.

‘‘ Rhys raised money for the foun­da­tion ev­ery year, and I didn’t want the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion to go with­out this year be­cause he couldn’t be here,’’ she said. The group raised more than $ 8000 for the cause.

The Leukaemia Foun­da­tion’s Shave for a Cure had events across Townsville with St Mar­garet Mary’ s s t u d e n t T e g a n Al­loway step­ping up to have her head shaved as well. With her grand­fa­ther dy­ing from leukaemia in 2005, Te­gan said it was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for her to give back to the foun­da­tion that helped her fam­ily through tough times.

She s ai d her f r i ends helped her raise $ 500. GOOD CAUSE: Lucy Kennedy, Te­nille Carbis and Kel­lie Stu­art

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