Teachers lose locks for a cure

Six teachers from Tahmoor Public School bravely lost their locks to raise money for an important cause close to their hearts.

Primary students gathered to watch their principal David Schofield and teachers Suellen Booth, Tracey Haywood, Stacey Esposito, Patricia Cook and Michael Maumill get their heads shaved by IconiX Salon hairdressers.

To date, the teachers and students have raised more than $3700 dollars for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.

About 385 student’s heads were coloured for a gold coin donation.

Mrs Booth said she felt “wonderful” after having her hair chopped off.

“I never realised how heavy my hair felt,” she said. “I can’t stop touching it because it feels so different.”

Mrs Booth teared up when her head was being shaved because she remembered what her husband, who recently celebrated being 12-month cancer free, went through with his treatment.

“It was nice to do the shave with my colleagues and in front of the students,” she said.

Mr Schofield said he was “a little nervous” to have his head shaved in front of a large audience of students.

“I didn’t want to look before it was finished,” he said. “I only had the reactions of the kids, who were all laughing.

“I have never had my hair this short but it feels good.

“It was all for a good cause and it was great that other teachers got involved.”

Thirlmere IconiX salon co-owner, Amy Wallace, said it was “amazing” and “brave” of the teachers to shave their heads.

“It was great to see the kids having fun and learning about cancer and how it affects so many families,” she said.

“As Ms Booth said, ‘you can’t teach the students empathy but you can show it and lead by example’.

“The event was a display of inner beauty.”

Ms Wallace said the hairdressers at the salon would also be shaving and colouring locals’ heads for a $10 donation on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16.

There will be a barbecue on Friday from 11.30am to 2pm and on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

Ms Wallace is encouraging local tradies to come into the salon to get their hair shaved off or coloured.

She thanked her staff Kayla Howarth, Emily Earnshaw and Breize Craft for helping out at the school and in the salon.

Salon co-owner Nicole Hamilton said she wanted to dedicated the shave for a cure events to Linda, her close friend, who is going through Leukemia treatment.

“It is an issue close to our heart and we want to send our love and thoughts to her and her family,” Ms Wallace said.

To donate: visit the World’s Greatest Shave website, team IconiX Salon. Call to make an appointment 4683 0001.