Victoria youth skips haircuts for nearly 3 years, raises $12,000 for kids with cancer

Burt Hill shaves the head of Thomas Joe, a Grade 6 student at St. Patrick’s Elementary School who raised more than his target of $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)Burt Hill shaves the head of Thomas Joe, a Grade 6 student at St. Patrick’s Elementary School who raised more than his target of $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Thomas Joe, 12, prepares for a haircut after growing it out for 30 months to donate the hair for wigs and raise more than $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)Thomas Joe, 12, prepares for a haircut after growing it out for 30 months to donate the hair for wigs and raise more than $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Burt Hill shaves the head of Thomas Joe, a Grade 6 student at St. Patrick’s elementary school who raised more than his target of $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)Burt Hill shaves the head of Thomas Joe, a Grade 6 student at St. Patrick’s elementary school who raised more than his target of $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Thomas Joe, 12, gets a close cut after growing it out for 30 months to donate the hair for wigs and raise more than $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)Thomas Joe, 12, gets a close cut after growing it out for 30 months to donate the hair for wigs and raise more than $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Burt Hill shaves the head of Thomas Joe, a Grade 6 student at St. Patrick’s elementary school who raised more than his target of $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)Burt Hill shaves the head of Thomas Joe, a Grade 6 student at St. Patrick’s elementary school who raised more than his target of $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Thomas Joe and peers, Luke Lintern, Edwin Lum and Ikki Careno all got haircuts during the May 18 head shave event. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)Thomas Joe and peers, Luke Lintern, Edwin Lum and Ikki Careno all got haircuts during the May 18 head shave event. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Bowing to the pressure of an entire elementary school population, real estate agent Tony Joe gets a clean cut inspired by his son Thomas Joe who raised more than $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)Bowing to the pressure of an entire elementary school population, real estate agent Tony Joe gets a clean cut inspired by his son Thomas Joe who raised more than $10,000 for cancer research. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

A thunderous roar from St. Patrick’s Elementary School marked a momentous haircut for sixth grader Thomas Joe.

The 12-year-old started growing his hair out 30 months ago, in what started as reticence to commit to going to get a haircut. As it got longer, someone suggested he use the opportunity to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation.

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Thomas sat in front of cheering peers at his Victoria school Wednesday afternoon (May 18) while Burt Hill, of Burt’s Barbershop, shaved his mane nice and close, leaving long locks to create wigs for those facing cancer.

Thomas also surpassed his goal of raising $10,000 for cancer research.

Thomas roped in his peers, Luke Lintern, Edwin Lum and Ikki Careno and schoolmates took the time to cheer on all four, chanting their names as Hill gave each a close cut.

It was an easy sell, Thomas said, he just asked his friends if they would go bald with him. Lintern said it was all about supporting his friend and the people Thomas was supporting.

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“Now we know that we did something to help people with cancer,” Lintern said.

All four say they’ll likely do it again, though it could be a few years.

It didn’t take quite as long for Thomas’ dad Tony to get roped in. With a few cheers and chants from the entire St. Patrick’s elementary population, Tony too plopped into the impromptu barber chair for a buzz.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Thomas had raised more than $12,000.

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c.vanreeuwyk@blackpress.ca


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