Shaving heads for Ballarat's Maybelle

A FAMILY that shaves together stays together.

Black Hill Primary School teacher Nita Lehmann and her two children Zheke and Bodhi Sinclair have shaved off their hair to raise funds for family friend and leukaemia patient 11-year-old Maybelle Wood.

The boys, 13 and 11 respectively, were joined by their sister Chevez, 9, who chopped part of her long hair to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave.

Held at the Black Hill Primary School yesterday, the family was joined by Jesse Hardiman, 7, who also shaved off his hair. The school also held a Crazy Hair Fun day to raise funds for cancer research.

More than 150,000 Australians are expected to shave, colour and wax their hair to support people with blood cancer as part of the World’s Greatest Shave.

The Leukaemia Foundation is aiming to raise more than $15 million nationally.

Maybelle, who was diagnosed late last year said she felt really supported by her friends.

“Now I won’t be the only one with no hair,” Maybelle said. “We will also raise funds to help other kids like me.”

Zheke, who first decided to shave off his hair after seeing an ad on television, said he wanted to help raise funds to find a cure for cancer.

Ms Lehmann said they had already raised $2500.

“Our goal was to raise $2000,” Ms Lehmann said. “People call us brave but it is only hair and it will grow back. I think it is Maybelle and her family who are brave.”