Tweed High School shave for cure is one born from empathy
YOU may not know Demi Harm but she's probably one the bravest teens in the Tweed.
The Tweed River High School student decided to shave her long blonde hair for cancer as part of the school's World Greatest Shave appeal.
"I have a friend," she said.
"She had really pretty hair and she had to get it shaved off because of her cancer.
"It wasn't an option for her and I wanted to know what it was like to be in her position."
The brave 15 year old stepped up in front of her screaming peers to get a number two buzz cut.
"The feeling of doing it in front of the whole school was a little nerve racking," she said.
"But once everyone was cheering for me it felt so good to have all the support especially from people I don't really talk to or don't hang around at school.
"I kind of felt a little popular at the time."
The teen has no regrets and said it was all for a good cause.
She even likes the new hairdo.
"It still feels the same," she said.
"The wind still rushes through my hair, it feels really cool."
Demi said her mum wasn't so keen on the idea but eventually came around.
"She's all for it now," she said.
Male teachers and students also went under the clippers.
Year 7 student Nathan Taylor, 12, said his mum convinced him to do it.
"It's a free hair cut," he said.
Nathan said he thought it was for a great cause and he had managed to raise $124 from his neighbours and family.
Hairdressers form Harlequin Coolangatta, Lush Hair and Beauty and Khaos Hair donated their time and skills to the cause.
The Good Guys Tweed and Seagulls also donated a prize for the student's guessing competition.
SRC publicity officer Zoe Boxsell said it was a very exciting day and they hoped to raise up to $5000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Last year the school managed to raise an astounding $3600.