10yo ready to brave a shave
AT only 10 years old, Zachery Viola was touched by the advertisements for the World’s Greatest Shave and wanted to do his part to help ease the pain of leukaemia patients.
“I had a friend in my grade last year and she had leukaemia, she is better now but she still has to be very careful,” Zachery said.
“She told me about her experience and I just thought it would be fun to collect money and help people.”
Zachery has partnered with his dad, Anthony, and they both have set the target to raise $500 for the cause and are nearly halfway there.
He is one of the youngest registered to shave their head in the Darling Downs region and has been eagerly seeking donations in the area to reach his achievable target.
“I care about helping people and want to help them feel better,” Zachery said.
Mr Viola and Zachery will step up on Saturday morning to have the chop and he is excited about having a bald head.
“I am not too worried about the cold weather coming because my hair grows really fast,” Zachery said.
“The money I raise will help do studies and help cure people and help with transfers to hospital.
“My friend who had leukaemia was very happy that I was doing this to help.”
Mr Viola was very proud of his son and his initiative at such a young age to want to make a difference in his community.
“It is great to see he has the motivation to get up and do something,” Mr Viola said.
Zachery is already looking forward to taking part in the 2011 World’s Greatest Shave after enjoying this year’s already.
The Leukaemia Foundation hopes to raise $3.5 million this year with about 40,000 people registered to be a part of the fundraising event to help support patients with leukaemia, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.
To help Zachery and Anthony Viola, visit Warwick Computer Service on Grafton Street and make a donation.