Kids join challenge to help cancer patients
MOST of us prefer to avoid bad hair days but the kids at Little Tackers Childcare in Warwick made a morning of misbehaving bangs.
The were among hundreds of children on the Southern Downs to show support for blood cancer patients and their families as part of the World's Greatest Shave, which started yesterday and continues until May 31.
Three Warwick early childcare centres had funky hair days while many students at Central State Primary School and Warwick High had their hair coloured or shaved to get behind the annual Leukaemia Foundation event.
The local tots to teens have already raised hundreds of dollars ahead of the World's Greatest Shave's first school challenge in the region.
Little Tackers Childcare Warwick director Elle Etherington said all 15 children at the centre had their locks coloured to mark the occasion.
"This was our first year of having the children help raise awareness and they were excited about it and their parents were very supportive so we will probably do each year as a gold coin donation,” Ms Etherington said.
Warwick Central students Kweller Manfield and Teresa Winstanley, both 10, raised almost $1000 yesterday for the World's Greatest Shave and had their hair clipped to a number two.
Teresa said she hoped to raise more money during the next few weeks.
"It's a small thing to do for people who aren't well and an easy way to show them our support,” Teresa said.
Warwick residents participating in the event have in the past had their hair shaved at Rose City Shoppingtown but renovations have led to a venue change.
Leukaemia Foundation spokeswoman Emma Quade said people could show their support at Bunnings in Palmerin St tomorrow from 10am to noon. The organisation will have its shaving and colouring sessions outside the store. For those who aren't registered for the World's Greatest Shave, a shave is $20 for an adult and $10 for children. Colours are $10 for an adult $5 for children.