St Patrick’s College student Jacob Lohmann auctioned off his hair, which he had grown the past nine years, in a tribute to his nan.
Jacob raised more than $5000, through a GoFundMe page and by auctioning off his hair at the annual St Pats and Loreto pink netball match.
He was inspired by his nan, Debbie Murray, who was diagnosed with breast cancer and beat it 13 years ago.
“I know a few people that have gone through breast cancer, like friends, their mums and nans – even dads,” Jacob said.
The match raised more than $7000 for Breast Cancer Network Australia at Loreto College on Friday, attracting more than 100 students, parents and staff members.
From bake sales, individual donations and a hair auction, $1500 was raised for BCNA on the day, on top of Jacob’s efforts.
The main event, the netball match between the two schools, was an exceptional demonstration of the comraderie and sportsmanship both schools share.
St Pats took an early lead in the match and managed to take the win despite Loreto’s competitive attack, with a final score of 22-16.
Loreto College senate member Sarah Wrigley was excited to be part of something so meaningful.
“It’s so fantastic to see both schools come together to support such an amazing cause which resonates with so many of us. The fun and light-hearted spirit of the day made it truly special,” Sarah said.
St Patrick’s College student council member Nathan Suttie was inspired by all the support.
“It was uplifting to see so many from the school community supporting Jake and contributing to such an important cause,” he said.
In the audience was an inspired St Patrick’s College year 12 student Ryan Mulheron.
“The endeavours of both men and women on the court today have truly inspired me to make a change in this world,” Ryan said.
“Especially the great man Jacob Lohmann who bravely sacrificed his flawless appearance for the greater good.”