There was a lot of happy roaring and shouting at Mary Queen of Peace school on Torbay Road in St. John’s over the lunch hour on Thursday for the school’s 6th annual Young Adult Cancer Canada Shave for the Brave.
The event is special for Mary Queen of Peace, as they hold it in memory of a former teacher at the school, Roxanne Howse, who died of cancer several years ago.
One of the students who braved getting her four 10-inch ponytails cut by the clippers of April Gordon, a stylist at The Headroom on LeMarchant Road, was Grade 5 student Kate Rumbolt. The daughter of Mitch and LeAnne Rumbolt, Kate raised $1,000 for the cause.
Her dad, a member of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, said he braved the clippers in a similar event when he participated in the first Cops for Cancer event when he was a police officer in Lunenburg, N.S., in 1998.
About $14,000 was raised in this year’s Mary Queen of Peace event by the students, staff and parents.