BELMONT Primary School principal Stephanne Dann always intended to hold an event to raise money for cancer research – but after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year, the cause was brought into sharper focus.
The school hosted a fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation todayas part of the World’s Greatest Shave, during which Year 5 student Jack Escobar, 10, and the mother of another student Gina Kyaw Maung had their heads shaved.
Ms Dann said she had the idea of a fundraiser before she learned of her diagnosis in August as a few other people associated with the school had been affected by cancer.
“I thought that the kids needed to give back,” she said.
“It was emotional watching them shave their heads, when I came up with the idea Jack came to me and said he wanted to get involved.
“I don’t often take off my headwear even in front of my family so that was an emotional experience for me.”
Ms Dann said she had returned to school in Term 4 after surgery in August.
“I finished my last round of chemotherapy and I still need some blood tests but they can’t give me the all clear until five years,” she said.
Ahead of today’s event, the school had already raised $1964.