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National Day of Action & Shave for a Cure

​Mr. O'Shea before the big shave.

​By Student Correspondent, Samara Frederiksen

 Photos by Student Photo Journalist, Paul Hammond
With the buzz of an electronic shaver and jovial and excited cheers from the sea of orange attired students and staff, the annual National Day of Action against Bullying and Shave for a Cure was well underway.
 The staff and students at Maleny State High School embraced the importance of the day by wearing orange clothing. In addition to this day of recognition and reflection, staff and students were also committed to raising funds for Shave for Cure.  Mr. O’Shea started off the events at the morning school parade, bravely allowing a student to shave one side of his head and most of his beard. Ms. Ebenezer showed immense ingenuity by using Mr O’Sheas predicament to encourage the school into coming back at lunch to watch the final round of shaving, and also enjoy a sausage sizzle, organized by the Interact Club.
The lunch event commenced with Maleny High’s locally renowned band The Fence Sitters belting out some amazing covers. The band, consisting of Dylan, Tappy, Billy, Jack, Ava & Charlotte explained that their performance was in support of the important message that “Bullying is not ok in any circumstance”.
After the band’s well received performance, Mr. O’Shea continued his shaving, finally ending up with very little hair on his head and no evidence that a beard ever existed. Mr O’Shea admitted that he only intended to get his beard shaved, which slowly and somewhat dramatically morphed into his head being shaved as well. However, the cleanly shaven Mr O’Shea reaffirmed the importance of not only supporting those with Leukemia, but also taking a united stand against bullying.
 “Anti-Bullying is important to me, because I don’t like seeing people upset and bullying upsets people,” he said.  
Mr. O’Shea wasn’t the only teacher who showed their support in one way or another, Mr. Homewood was easy to spot in his orange shirt, supporting Anti-Bullying.
 “It’s a major issue, and if I can show my support by just wearing t-shirt, than I will,” he said.
Friday turned out to be a huge success. The sausage sizzle and free dress day collected $770 For the Shave for a Cure cause. It will return next year, bigger and better than before. We look forward to seeing a sea of orange again and those willing to lose their hair for a good cause.