After Miss Susie Yock announced that she would be cutting off a significant portion of her hair to raise funds for Cancer Council, 14 Year 10 students also pledged to join the fundraiser and either have their head shaved or have over 20 centimetres of hair cut off.

“I want to support families who are affected by cancer all over Australia,” Miss Yock said.

Not only is she hoping to raise over $1500, Miss Yock is also planning to donate the cut off hair to a sustainable salon where it can be used to help patients with cancer related hair loss.

In order to donate the hair a minimum of 20 centimetres needs to be taken, and after two years of growth in preparation, Miss Yock said that her hair at the height of her chin will take a while to get used to.

“My mother is a cancer survivor, and my grandmother was as well. The reason my mother is still alive today is because of the medical research that has been conducted into cancer. She now has a 95% chance of having a long life [free of cancer] because of the research and the technology these days.”

Shire Christian School has a long history of supporting both cancer patients within the school community and cancer research, regularly partaking in fundraisers including Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day and Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.

Mr Nathan Asher, who coordinates the student run CRU Christian lunch time group, said that they were excited to support Miss Yock and her fundraiser.

“Jesus taught that the greatest commandments are love of God and love of your neighbour. Supporting charitable organisations is not an optional extra, but an outworking of our faith,” Mr Asher said.

With the initial fundraising target of $1500 smashed more than two weeks before the fundraising event, the group is hopeful that more support and funds will ensue.

Donations can be made via the Do It For Cancer fundraising page.