Losing locks to remember mate
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