Cutting it close

March 23, 2017

All gone: Cobram Secondary College’s Stephanie Humphries is now wearing a buzz-cut in the name of charity.

Thank-you: Stephanie is handed $500 by Chris Mitchell on behalf of the Strathmerton Lions Club.

Are you ready: Matt Hicks prepares to lose his beard as Ray Diramacca gets the clippers ready.

Baby face: A beardless Matt Hicks shows off his newly found chin.

Thursday was a big day for two of Cobram’s schools as they cheered on their own as part of this year’s World’s Greatest Shave.

Cobram and District Specialist School teacher Matt Hicks decided to lose the beard he had been growing for a year, while Cobram Secondary College student Stephanie Humphries made the brave choice to shave her head.

A big crowd turned out to Cobram Secondary College to watch Stephanie lose her hair.

Three teachers took turns to get the shave started by cutting off three pony-tails before the rest of her hair was shaved off.

Stephanie said she was amazed at how much money she was able to raise.

‘‘I think the last time I checked I had raised more then $2000, which is great,’’ she said.

‘‘I was really nervous in the lead-up to the shaving, but it feels good to have done it and hopefully help some people who really need it.’’

In an added bonus on the day, Strathmerton Lions Club member Chris Mitchell presented an extra $500 donation to the cause on behalf of the club.

An hour later, it was Mr Hicks’ turn to go under the clippers.

He raised more than $1200.

Ray Diramacca from Raymondo’s Barber in Cobram was given the duties to shave Mr Hicks’ beard off in front of the staff and students at the specialist school.

‘‘After having the beard on my face for more than 12 months, it feels really weird to not have it,’’ Mr Hicks said.

‘‘It was really great to have everyone involved in the day and for our VCAL students to organise the shaving day.

‘‘I do miss the beard though, so I think it will be growing back soon.’’

The World’s Greatest Shave raises money to fund vital research that will help more people survive blood cancers like lymphoma, leukaemia and myeloma.

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