GROWING up around cancer has prompted brave Roseworthy Primary School student Kade Cooper to shave his locks to raise funds for leukaemia research.
His mum, Megan, said it was a big surprise when the 12-year-old explained his mission.
“He started growing his hair and we kept saying, ‘are you going to get it cut?’, and he kept saying ‘no’,” she said.
“Then, towards the end of last year, it just got to a point where I said, ‘it is getting a bit long now and it is hanging in your face, are you going to get it cut?’, and he said ‘no, no, I really like it’, and we thought it actually suited him so we let it go.
“Then we went out for dinner one night and he just dropped (the surprise) that the reason he was growing his hair was because he wanted to take part in the World’s Greatest Shave to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
“My dad has been suffering on and off for the past 10 years with multiple myeloma, so it was a bit of a shock to us all, we didn’t know that was actually the reason why.”
The young Gawler Belt resident got the idea from someone else, and only revealed his decision in order to stop his friends and family nagging him about his hair.
“My best friend’s brother had done it and he raised $2500, so what I wanted to do was to challenge myself and do it myself, and try and beat his goal,” Kade said.
“I kept getting bugged at home and at school by my mates about my hair.”
Megan said although an initial shock, Kade’s decision isn’t out of character.
“He is that type of kid; he is very thoughtful and just wants to help people, even though he won’t admit it,” she laughed.
To date, Kade has already raised almost double his original goal, thanks to help from his grandmother Jeanette Castell, who has been very active in spreading the word.
“He got up to $1000, and then we upped (the goal) to $2000 and now he is about $100 shy of $2000,” Jeanette said.
Kade’s school has also jumped on board, offering to perform the shave at this Friday’s assembly.
To donate, and support Kade, visit my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/kadecooper