Gayndah's Kirsty Taylor was the driving force behind the Brave Shavers' campaign that raised more than $9000.
Gayndah's Kirsty Taylor was the driving force behind the Brave Shavers' campaign that raised more than $9000. Felicity Ripper

Brave shavers raise thousands for cure

A DEDICATED group of fundraisers led by a Year 12 student from Burnett State College has raised thousands of dollars for a worthy cause.

The Brave Shavers managed to raise a total of $9,057.91 to fight blood cancer as the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave.

Kirsty Taylor, the 17-year old who was at the forefront of the fundraiser, said the group's initial target was much lower.

"When I first set up our fundraising page I set the goal to $1000,” she said.

Kirsty said participating in the World's Greatest Shave was something different to the norm, and said her new hairstyle had been the cause of much banter.

"I've often thought about participating in the World's Greatest Shave because it is something I can do for nothing that helps other people,” she said.

"It's different to many other organisations as you actually do something yourself instead of just asking for donations. Also, when you're finished your new hairstyle lasts longer than just the day and people can see that you've actually done something.

"My pink hair has been the start of many conversations at work!”

While the high school student spearheaded the campaign, she was reluctant to take all the credit.

"I was the team leader and 14 Year 11 and 12 students from Burnett State College joined me as well as the local football players from the Gayndah Gladiators. I am very grateful to all those who became involved in the event as doing it alone would not have been nearly as rewarding or fun!” she said.

Kirsty also thanked those involved for their help and said the community had come together for the event.

"I would particularly like to thank the other members of my team and to everyone who helped with the fundraising and attended on the day. The World's Greatest Shave in Gayndah really turned into a big community event with lots of people and organisations getting involved, which was great to see,” she said.


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