Wesley College raises nearly $40,000 for World’s Greatest Shave, second best in Australia

Hairdresser Rhianna Taggart (left), James McMullen and his mother Fiona. Photo: Bruce Hunt
Hairdresser Rhianna Taggart (left), James McMullen and his mother Fiona. Photo: Bruce Hunt

WESLEY College has raised more than $39,500 for the 20th Anniversary of the World’s Greatest Shave, ranking second in Australia among schools.

The college yesterday had more than 100 participants for the shave including Year 11 student James McMullen and Principal David Gee.

James said raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation was personal as his mother was diagnosed in 2015 with lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

His mother, Fiona McMullen, said she was very proud of her son.

“New treatments are being discovered every year and I’m so proud of James and all the people who contribute towards finding a cure for cancer by baking, cycling, walking, running, donating and even going bald, like James,” she said.

Principal David Gee said donating to and taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave brought to life the college’s motto – by daring and by doing.

“At Wesley, we’re committed to service learning and believe this holistic approach is vital to building character and teaching life skills,” he said.

“I’m inspired by James and all our students who are snipping and shaving their heads to show their support for cancer patients and to raise critically needed funds for lifesaving research.”