STUDENTS and staff at Ogilvie High School braved the shave in September, raising a massive amount of money for charity by volunteering to lose their locks for the World’s Greatest Shave.

About a dozen Ogilvie students and teachers had their heads shaved (or legs waxed) by stylists from Caj Hair and Beauty Studio at a special school assembly, as hundreds of their schoolmates cheered them on.

The school’s efforts have so far raised more than $11,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation, smashing the original goal of $3000. Two students combined to raise more than half the school’s total themselves – Ella Mulcahy, who raised more than $3000, and Macey Oak, who raised more than $2000.

Ella decided to take part in the World’s Greatest Shave to pay tribute to her friend Hugo, who passed away a year ago after battling leukaemia. Dozens of donors helped her raise the huge sum in just a few weeks.

“I thought I’d give it my best effort, then more and more people joined the team and the fundraising just went up and up,” she said.

“We kept having to adjust our target, because we kept smashing it.

“A lot of people knew Hugo, so there was a lot of support. The way everyone was able to come together was incredible.”

One of Australia’s most-loved charity events, the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual World’s Greatest Shave sees people across the country rally together to take a stand against blood cancer.

More than 50 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer every day. The World’s Greatest Shave campaign aims to raise vital funds to support the growing number of Australians facing leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other related blood disorders.

“On behalf of the Leukaemia Foundation I’d like to say a huge thank you to Ogilvie High School for participating in the World’s Greatest Shave for the first time this year,” Leukaemia Foundation community support specialist Gaye French said.

“The money they have raised will provide more than four months accommodation for Tassie families who need to go to Melbourne for blood cancer treatment.”

To participate in or donate to the World’s Greatest Shave, go to www.worldsgreatestshave.com or phone 1800 500 088.

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