Study Abroad student shaves for good cause

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Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 20-3-2013

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia

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An Economics student at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus saw nine months of hair growth removed in minutes as part of the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave.

Will Rigali, an international student from The University of Notre Dame du Lac, Indiana, plucked up the courage to lose his locks in front of a large contingent of supportive international students on Wednesday 13 March.

Other Study Abroad students decided to have their hair dyed in an array of bright colours for a donation.

"My hair was really long and was thinking of getting a haircut when a few students in my classes suggested that I do it for a good cause," Mr Rigali said.

"I was anxious about getting it done as I had been growing my hair for about nine months beforehand. However, I love my new look and I am grateful to Notre Dame for giving me the opportunity to raise some funds for the Leukaemia Foundation in the process."

Manager of Student Residences, Tara Pickup, said Notre Dame's international student cohort enjoyed taking part in the unique event.

"It was a great opportunity for Notre Dame's international students to get involved in this fantastic event to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation," Ms Pickup said.

"We had several brave students volunteer to shed their locks for the cause, while others preferred to sport a nice crop of fluoro yellow, pink or green hair for their next class."

The World's Greatest Shave raises much needed funds for the Leukaemia Foundation's research to find better treatements and cures for leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.

Over the past 14 years, the event has raised more than $138 million.

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