St. Francis shaves for a good cause

Nicholas Mercer
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Published on April 16, 2014

Teacher Paul Sullivan (right) flashes a nervous smile just before getting his head shaved. Shaver Kelly Barrett is also in the picture.

Published on April 16, 2014

Steven Hogan (left) and Lucas Baker show off their yellow toques.

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Students Abigale Follett (left) and Savannah Sheppard show their support with this sign.

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Stylist Jennifer White (left) cuts a swath of hair from the head of Emily Galway.

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Student Jeffrey Cole (right) and teacher Leo Mackey (left) get their heads shaved by a pair of stylists.

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Student Daniel LeBlanc in the midst of losing his hair.

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Mitchell Peach works on getting his head shaved.

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Nicholas Barrett, the son of principal Gary Barrett, helped clear away the disgarded hair.

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Haley Mae Dawe (left) and Melissa Murphy donated 10 inches of hair each.

Published on April 16, 2014

Principal Gary Barrett (centre) poses for a picture with his wife Kelly and son Nicholas after having his head shaved.

The gymnasium at St. Francis in Harbour Grace was a hive of energy this afternoon (April 16) as a group of students and teachers shaved their heads for a good cause.

The Shave for the Brave is an annual event that raises thousands of dollars in aid of cancer research.

As students filed into the gym, it was possible to feel the energy level rising as grade after grade took their seats.

Slowly, a 'Shave' chant started to grow until it encompassed the entire space.

There were 17 students and four teachers involved in the event. Two female students donated 10-inches of hair to the organization.

The loudest cheer came when school principal Gary Barrett took his seat and awaited the silver clippers of his wife Kelly.

As each lock of his brown hair waifted to the floor, the student body cheered louder and louder.

At the end of the event, it was announced the school had raised over $6,000.

The Compass was there and took these shots.

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

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  • Marg McCarthy
    April 16, 2014 - 17:31

    There was also a 11 year old girl who shave her hair, which I see you forgot abou.

  • Marg McCarthy
    April 16, 2014 - 17:28

    There was also a 11 year old girl who shave her hair, which I see you forgot abou.

    • Chris Foley
      April 17, 2014 - 08:13

      What difference does gender make when it comes to shaving your head? It's 2014 - do we really need to perpetuate gender stereotypes - that hair that grows on a girls' heads is somehow more significant than the hair on a boys' head. Furthermore, the fact that you would have the author single out a young girl's shaven head goes against the point of this fundraiser - that people shave their head to show solidarity as a group. The point is that are no individuals in this act but a group of people who support a cause. Cancer doesn't care if you're an 11 year old girl or a 65 year old man. Why should we?