BEN Anderson, Captain of Tomaree High School, has raised more than $3300 for Autism Spectrum Australia, after shaving off his long golden locks at the school last Tuesday.
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“I have been growing my hair for three to four years. I always knew that when I was ready to cut it off, I would do a shave for a charity,” said Ben.
“I decided a couple of months ago that I was ready to shave it off.”
Ben’s chosen cause was one very close to his heart.
“I chose Autism Spectrum Australia because I had a cousin called Cameron who had autism, who sadly passed away last year.
“I thought doing it in the memory of him and donating the money to Autism Spectrum Australia, would mean a lot to my family,” Ben said.
Fundraising online and at school, Ben had raised almost $3000 by the day of the shave.
Not letting the luscious locks go to waste, Ben donated two ponytails of hair to another worthy cause.
“The shave was done by two of my friends,” said Ben.
“We parted the two ponytails and cut them off first, because I am donating them to Variety Australia, who will use them for wigs.”
Once the ponytails came off, the rest was cut and shaved, leaving Ben without much hair, but with a lot of pride in his efforts.
Ben said he was very grateful to all those who had donated.
“I want to thank everyone who has donated and helped out as raising $3000 is absolutely awesome.”
Ben’s fundraiser is still open for donations and can be found here https://www.initforautism.org.au/fundraisers/benjaminanderson/ben–s-shave-for-autism.
By Doug CONNOR