Students shave

Shaved heads, brightly coloured hair and silky smooth legs were all the rage at Bendigo Senior Secondary College on Thursday as students and staff members participated in the World's Greatest Shave.

The student-run initiative saw more than 10 students lose their locks and many more have their legs shaved.

Others chose to spray their hair bright colours and communications spokeswoman Pauline Murtagh said the school was very colourful after the event.

The students were helped by Shed7, who generously donated the time of three hairdressers for the event.

Ms Murtagh said the school was proud of the students for organising the event.

"The really cool thing is that the student council organised it themselves," she said.

"It's their first fundraising event of the year and they were super keen to shave for a cure."

She said a shaving tent was in the school yard, and students were supportive of those who went under the electric razor.

"Every time kids got their heads shaved there was a big cluster of kids supporting them and cheering," Ms Murtagh said.

"It's nice to see kids supporting each other."

Shed7 haidresser Rachael Kirby said the shave was a lot of fun.

She said she had the most fun shaving Jesse Henderson's hair, because he had a big afro to begin with.

"We saw him and we thought, 'we need to shave his hair'," she said.

"When he sat down we were like, 'this is great!'."

Ms Kirby said it was the first shave she had taken part in but she would "absolutely" come back next year.

The World's Greatest Shave raises money for the Leukemia Foundation, which supports people with serious blood diseases.

On any given day, 31 Australians will be diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorder.

They provide free practical and emotional support, fund research to improve treatments and find cures and raise awareness.

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