Karrinyup: students chop off locks to support schoolmate

Ruby Drake (head girl y12), Keely Wooding (y11), Elena Somes (y12), Tahlia Westlake (y11) and Chloe Warburton (y3). Photo: Martin Kennealey
Ruby Drake (head girl y12), Keely Wooding (y11), Elena Somes (y12), Tahlia Westlake (y11) and Chloe Warburton (y3). Photo: Martin Kennealey

STUDENTS from a Karrinyup school are rallying around their schoolmate as she fights leukaemia.

Fifty-five year 11 and 12 students at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School took part in the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave event on Friday.

The girls raised more than $27,000 for the foundation by cutting a minimum of 20cm off their hair, which will be used to make wigs for people suffering from diseases that result in hair loss.

Head girl Ruby Drake organised the event in support of Year 3 student Chloe Warburton, who is fighting leukaemia.

“While some of us have taken part to raise money for a good cause, a lot of us has witnessed first-hand what blood cancer can do to someone,” she said.

“As a school we wanted to support Chloe and other West Australian families who are facing blood cancer to give them the opportunity to receive the emotional and practical support that they need.”

According to the foundation, the number of girls taking part has risen dramatically over the past 20 years, with 9000 females and 11,000 males across Australia part of this year’s event, including 6200 girls aged under 18.

Chief executive Bill Petch said funds raised went towards supporting the 60,000 Australians living with a blood cancer.