Published on May 5, 2020
Junior School friends, Adam Mills and Jack Ryan (Year 6) had a close shave this month – but all for a good cause.
Both boys are now sporting shaved heads after a close encounter with a clipper set to number one for this year’s World’s Greatest Shave.
With a goal to fundraise $2,000, they far exceeded their expectations and smashed their target by over $1,000. $3,003.98 will now be donated to The Leukaemia Foundation in the fight to conquer blood cancer.
Adam’s involvement in the World’s Greatest Shave was a deeply personal one.
“Last year I lost a special family member to leukaemia,” he says. “This was my way to help.”
Jack has been a long supporter of the World’s Greatest Shave and is no stranger to a shaved head. This is Jack’s third year fundraising for this noble cause; raising just over $2,000 in 2018 and 2019 combined.
“I was initially inspired (and a little freaked out) after my dad shaved his head a few years back [for the charity]. I wanted to do that too and raise money and awareness as well.”
Not only will Adam and Jack’s fundraising help the Leukaemia Foundation reach its goal of zero lives lost to blood cancer by 2035, but they have built on their firm friendship through sharing this experience. Both boys are inspirational to other HVGS students and teachers in how to live the HVGS Values through action.
“They boys, and those who have supported them, are great examples of our values of Compassion and Citizenship,” says Mr Daniel McClintock, Head of Junior School. “More than that, given the recent cold snap, great examples of our IB Learner Profile – courage!”
And to tackle the cool nights – Adam suggests they both wear a swimming cap to bed for the next few weeks!