All abuzz at Persalvic
Students and teachers raised some $8,000 shaving their heads for cancer research
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.