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Students turn their principal’s hair pink

Students turn their principal’s hair pink

Grace Lavin, a sixth-year student at St Louis Community School, Kiltimagh, describes Shave or Dye antics at her school

It all began with a casual conversation, throwing around ideas of a charity fundraiser in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. We decided to take part in the Shave or Dye fundraiser, in association with Today FM. 
We first approached our Principal, Mr Cahil Doherty, who was very enthusiastic about our plan. Our aim was to raise €10,000, with the promise that our principal would dye his hair pink if we reached our goal. Between us, we conjured up a plan, complete with dates, participants, facilities, suppliers and a hairdresser, to get the ball rolling.
Once all was decided and we were given the go-ahead, the fun began. Sponsorship cards were distributed, and the generosity of the people in the community was very evident. We spent two weeks raising awareness of the event and encouraging teachers and students to partake in the antics.
Our own engineering teacher, Mr Murt Dunleavy put his skills into action in making our very own version of ‘The Cube’. This was very successful in including all year groups with our fundraising task. A ‘Non-Uniform-Pink-or-Blue-Day’, organised by Ms Whelan, also took place in that week.
Then D-Day came, and that’s where things got messy – literally! We spent the day in the PLC hairdressing salon in the school. Over 40 Leaving Certificate heads were transformed that day, with blues, pinks, and reds dominating the school. We certainly attracted a lot of attention.
After that, the support was unbelieveable. We took part in church-gate collections on St Patrick’s Day, and each participant continued to collect from family and friends. Over the three weeks, the money came streaming in, and it continues to do so.
On Thursday, March 29, the total was an impressive €11,530.67.  So the dye was bought and the time came for Mr. Doherty to sit in the hot-seat, with moral support from Ms Lyons, who sported a flattering half-green, half-pink hair-do for the day. A hilarious spectacle to witness, it made the whole event well worthwhile.
We are so proud of everyone who contributed to the fundraiser. Cancer affects so many people in Ireland today, and the support the Irish Cancer Society gives to the patients and their families is invaluable. It is an extremely worthwhile cause. Of course, none of it would of been possible without the permission and support of our principal, vice-principal and teachers, and the fantastic facilities at the school.
The encouragement and participation of all the teaching staff enabled this project to be one that was both fun and a great success.