Nanango State School Principal Andrew Cummings with their Student Council President Thomas Larsen, after stage one of having his head shaved for cancer.
Nanango State School Principal Andrew Cummings with their Student Council President Thomas Larsen, after stage one of having his head shaved for cancer. Madeline Grace

Nanango principal shaves head for a cause

NANANGO State School has raised close to $1000 for shave for a cure, with everyone excited to see their principal without his usual head of hair.

Principal Andrew Cummings said at first he wasn't nervous to feel the wind against his scalp, however as the moment drew closer his nerves grew.

"I was telling all of the kids how I wasn't nervous at all," he said.

"After all, it's just hair.

"But then as soon as I was seated before the whole school and heard the razor going my nerves kicked in. I even had to tell myself to take some deep breaths."

The school was approached by one of their student's grandparents, Sue Archer, who was interested in hosting the fundraiser.

 

Nanango State School Principal Andrew Cummings with their Student Council President Thomas Larsen, before he had his head shaved for cancer.
Nanango State School Principal Andrew Cummings with their Student Council President Thomas Larsen, before he had his head shaved for cancer. Madeline Grace

Mr Cummings had parts of his head shaved at the school assembly at 2.20pm.

He then wore his new style to the the second event at the Fitzroy Hotel in Nanango. There Mrs Archer and Mr Cummings had their whole heads shaved in front of a crowd.

Mr Cummings said he was beyond impressed by how well his student council approached the fundraising opportunity.

They have spent the last two weeks creating promotional videos that were played at the assembly before Mr Cummings had his hair shaved.

Student council president, 11 year old (nearly 12) Thomas Larsen, said he loved preparing for the fundraiser.

 

Nanango State School Principal Andrew Cummings having his head shaved, by Ebony Smith from Hairdo4u, to raise money for cancer.
Nanango State School Principal Andrew Cummings having his head shaved, by Ebony Smith from Hairdo4u, to raise money for cancer. Madeline Grace

"Everyone was really excited and it went quite well," he said.

"We had a lot of fun preparing for it and looked forward to every day in the lead up.

"I just can't believe we raised so much money. That's the most I think we've ever raised."

Mr Cummings said he was extra keen to step up and take part, because he has a personal connection with breast cancer.

"Someone in my family has had it and beaten it multiple times," he said.

"We had many generous donations from community members who were in a similar boat.

"It's just one of those things that touches nearly everyone."

Mr Cummings said the school has big plans to continue doing fundraisers, because it teaches the students about the importance of community involvement and social justice.

Thomas agreed and said he was very proud to be a leader at such a "great school".

"A fun fact about our school is that it's now 153 years old," he said.

"That means we've had 153 years of these fundraisers. And, 153 years of students who have grown up here and gone out into the world to make it a better place because of what they have done and learnt here.

"I think that's why it's important we do fundraisers like this one."