A GROUP of grade 6 Trevallyn Primary School pupils lost their locks in an effort to one day rid the world of cancer.
About 15 pupils and principal Marcus Cramp shaved their heads on National Bandanna Day yesterday to end a fund- raising campaign which yielded $6000 for CanTeen.
Grade 6 pupil Patrick McOwan personally colleted $900 for the cause and said he was thinking of his grandfather, who lost his fight against cancer, while the clippers were shearing through his previously long hair.
His classmate Patrick Nothrop said it was the least his school could do to help cancer battlers.
"There have been many people around me that have died from cancer and I just think it is really bad," Patrick said.
"There is not much we can do but this could help a lot."
CanTeen provides programs, services and resources to young people aged 12 to 24 dealing with issues surrounding cancer.
About 23,000 young Australians are affected by cancer each year to go with the one in two Australian men and one in three Australian women who will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
Mr Cramp said he was proud of his students.
"I had less [hair] to give up than the kids so it was a small price to pay for me," Mr Cramp said.
"I am really proud of the number of kids that felt so passionately about the cause and willing to have their head shaved.
"Thank you to everyone who bought a bandanna and donated."