All abuzz at Per­salvic

Stu­dents and teach­ers raised some $8,000 shav­ing their heads for can­cer re­search

The Compass - - NEWS - BY MELISSA JENK­INS SPE­CIAL TO THE COM­PASS

It was an emo­tional roller­coaster dur­ing a Shave for the Brave event held at Per­salvic School in Vic­to­ria on May 3 to raise money for Young Adult Can­cer Canada.

Four teach­ers and 27 stu­dents, in­clud­ing four fe­males, faced the ra­zor, rais­ing al­most $8,000 for the cause.

Stu­dents from kin­der­gar­den to Grade 9 signed up for this event, which has had a steady in­crease of in­volve­ment in this prov­ince over the past few years.

Cheers echoed the gym­na­sium in sup­port of fel­low pupils. Tears were also shed when sev­eral stu­dents — male and fe­male — held por­tions of their newly cut hair.

Or­ga­niz­ing teacher Rebecca Whif­fen also took part by cut­ting and do­nat­ing a large sec­tion of her waist-length hair for the Wigs for Kids or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Her fa­ther, Derek His­cock, is the for­mer prin­ci­pal at Per­salvic. He re­fused to al­low her to cut her hair while she was in school, but on this day he held the scis­sors.

The four fe­males stu­dents also do­nated braided lengths of their hair to the or­ga­ni­za­tion, then con­tin­ued with the shave.

Shed­ding hair, tears

The first and youngest fe­male par­tic­i­pant was Re­qual Cole, a Grade 5 stu­dent. She kept her head high and smiled through­out her en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence with the ra­zor. Once her coun­ter­parts had com­pleted their shave, tears be­gan to fall.

The re­main­ing girls, all in Grade 8, will grad­u­ate from the school this year and will at­tend their fes­tiv­i­ties “sans locks.”

Al­though emo­tional, Mor­gan Fry was strong and held back her tears. She signed up for the event be­cause she had lost a fam­ily mem­ber to can­cer.

All four girls stood proudly for pho­tos at the end of the event, speech­less over what they had just done.

School prin­ci­pal By­ron King ad­dressed the stu­dent body prior to hav­ing his own head and beard shaved, thank­ing ev­ery­one for their sup­port and fundrais­ing ef­forts.

The event ended off with His­cock and King lead­ing the gym­na­sium with a Pan­thers roar, a tra­di­tion the school has had for many years to show sup­port for the stu­dents.

melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

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