STOP PRESS:    FINAL DOLLARS RAISED WAS JUST OVER $35,000 which placed the Farrer team the 11th highest ranked team in NSW.

Leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma are types of blood cancer. Blood cancer and related disorders can develop in anyone of any age at any time. More than 60,000 Australians are living with blood cancer or related disorders and the equivalent of one person every 41 minutes is diagnosed. Although research is improving survival rates, sadly an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours. This cancer claims more lives than breast cancer and melanoma.

During the months of April and May this year, Year 12 searched high and low for every penny they could find to raise money for The Leukaemia Foundation. Team Captain Peter Christie set up the ‘Farrer Gents of 2018’ team, and with a little motivation from Josh Irvine, the Year 12 students were quickly on board and trying to reach their goal of $12000. The boys asked every relative and friend they could find to help out, posted on social media, held fundraisers at recess, and even walked the streets of Tamworth to try to reach their goal.

As Tuesday 22nd May approached (Shave Day), momentum built and their goal of $12000 was soon raised to $15000, $20000, $25000 and so on. An auction was held on Shave Day which significantly added not only to their tally, but also to their determination to raise as much as they could as a year group. Prior to the lunchtime shave time there were some ‘sights to behold’ around the school campus that morning. Appreciation and thanks to our fabulous hairdressers who donated their time to clean up those heads!

Heads that were auctioned and shaved on the day belonged to:

Teacher – James Harvey $150      Mitch Klepzig syndicate

SLO – Reg Straw                $750       Jacob Coops-Blume syndicate


Peter Christie                     $400       Clint Gallagher syndicate

Oliver Palmer                     $250       Kate Rowe syndicate

Matt Corney                        $500       Ryan Minett syndicate

Brock Dunn                         $270       Dorm 16 syndicate

In addition to the shaving event on the 22nd, Year 12 sold chips and gravy on selected days, during recess and lunch, and during roll call took money tins around the classrooms for students to toss their loose change into. The online pledge was extremely successful and all who donated to this cause are to be congratulated and thanked for their generosity.

Come the end of May, Year 12 had raised just over $30000 which placed them the 23rd highest ranked team in Australia. Special mention to Oliver Palmer, Peter Christie, Riley Harrison, Alex Roseby, Matt Corney and Ryland Sainsbury who all raised over $1000 each. Awesome work Year 12!

The Year 12 students did a fantastic job in running this campaign under the guidance of their year coordinator Ms Sarah Allen who is to be thanked for her patience and organisational skills in managing 81 teenage boys!