Thirteen Penrhos College students go hairless for cancer

Claudia Crotty, organiser Zoe Dick and Anya Wanigaratne are just some of the girls in this year's Penrhos Shave For a Cure team. Picture: David Baylis
Claudia Crotty, organiser Zoe Dick and Anya Wanigaratne are just some of the girls in this year's Penrhos Shave For a Cure team. Picture: David Baylis

THIRTEEN Penrhos College students has smashed their fundraising goal and will go hairless for cancer at a school assembly on Monday.

Their goal of $20,000 was exceeded on Thursday, a few days ahead of Monday’s assembly where they will shave or cut their hair for Cancer Council WA’s Do It For Cancer.

Organiser Zoe Dick said she had wanted to participate since Year 5 but as a final year student this year would shave her head after cancer affected someone in her life.

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“When I was in Year 8, my friend got diagnosed with cancer,” Zoe said.

“I’ve been very committed to doing it since then.”

Zoe said the 2019 Penrhos Shave for a Cure Team was initially only for Year 12s but younger students had jumped at the chance to join.

Year 10 student Claudia Crotty said her employers at The Good Grocer IGA in South Perth reassured her the new hairstyle would not have implications for her work.

“I’ve had a lot of support from them, they’ve put tins out for me in the store,” she said.

Year 7 student Anya Wanigaratne said she would donate her hair after the shave.

“I think I have enough long hair for them to do something with it,” she said.

“It’s a really good cause, some of my family members have cancer too.”

To donate, visit https://www.doitforcancer.com.au/fundraisers/2019-Penrhos-Shave-for-a-Cure-Team