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Josiah shaves his head for a cause

THE Warracknabeal Secondary College raised over $600 for the Elli Martha fund recently, through an event organised solely by the student body.

Student Josiah Keam had the idea to do the fundraiser, where he agreed to having his hair shaved,

He had the idea for a while and spoke with his mother about it and she organised a meeting with the Principal and Josiah to discuss it further.

Anyone who knows Josiah is aware that his long locks were a big part of his look.

He said he thought it would be a bit of laugh to shave it all off.

“People want to cut my hair and make me look silly and have a laugh. It’s not everyday you get to cut someone’s hair and do whatever you want to it,” Josiah said.

The Butuyuyu family started the Elli Martha fund in 2015 after daughter and sister Elli Martha Butuyuyu passed away from a brain tumour.

The fund was created to help other Wimmera families with sick children who have to travel for medical treatment.

Students bought raffle tickets for $2 and it was drawn on the day, online donations also were received.

Over $300 was raised from selling tickets at school but the total amount was over $600.

Josiah said he wanted to do the fundraiser in support of one of his best friends.

“Noah Butuyuyu who is one of my best friends lost his sister Elli when she was five. The Butuyuyu family created this fund to support others who may be going through similar hard times,” Josiah said.

Student and anticipated School Captain Sarah McPherson helped with posters, communication at assembly and running the event on the day.

The first person drawn out was teacher Alex Downes and she “trimmed it around the back”.

She then let another person be drawn out and that lucky winner was Molly Stewart.

She first cut the style into a fringe and then grabbed the clippers and shaved a number two on top leaving the back intact to create an extreme mullet look.

Many gasps and reactions from the crowd as the whole school watched on.

Josiah’s mum Merrily was present to witness the haircut.

He said if his team wins the basketball semi-finals his friend will shave his mullet.

“I have decided to keep the hair cut until Friday for the basketball semi-final and if we win another friend is going to cut his into a mullet for the grand-final; to help other people who are struggling with accommodation when going down to Melbourne with kids who are in hospital,” he said.