There will be plenty of coloured and cold heads across Ballarat after this week as dozens of generous residents take part in the World's Greatest Shave to raise money to help fight blood cancers.
Forest Street Primary School was a sea of colour on Wednesday when children coloured their hair for a gold coin donation to the Leukemia Foundation.
One female staff member had challenged the children that if they could raise $1000 she would shave her head, and with about $1500 already donated she will follow through with her promise on Monday.
"It's important to make sure that we are inspiring our next generation, to make sure we empower them so they can empower others. They understand they can make a difference, even if they are of primary school age," one teacher said.
Staff and students decided on a whole-school fundraiser as some school families have been impacted by leukemia and blood cancers.
Forest Street is one of many schools, community groups, individuals and businesses across Ballarat to take part in the World's Greatest Shave for the Leukemia Foundation, which runs from March 13 to 17.
Eureka Street hair and makeup salon Glamalicious Ballarat will hold a family fun day on March 16 offering head shaves for $10, ladies cuts for $20 and kids and men's cuts for $10 and raffles, balloons, face painting, jumping castles, lollies and a sausage sizzle for gold coin donation to raise money for the cause.
On the same day, three members of the Locke family are losing their locks for the cause.
Alexandra, 11, Maggie, 8, and mum Zeta will have their heads shaved at Carmel's Hairdressing in Alfredton.
The girls will donate their ponytails to make wigs for those who have no hair due to cancer treatment, and have had some personal experience with friends at school and family members being diagnosed with cancer.
Mount Rowan Secondary College will also get in to the head shave spirit, with two teachers and two students having their heads shaved in front of the school on Friday.
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