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Ridgeway School Teacher lets Students Shave his Head for SOS Africa

20 Jul 2012

Ridgeway school teacher Mark Fletcher recently raised over £1000 for SOS Africa during his sponsored head-shave and London 10k event:

School teacher lets students shave his head for SOS Africa

"Since I joined the school students have always asked me whether I would shave my hair off – I still can’t quite believe I’ve done it!  I’ve had long hair for nearly 10 years so it’s been quite a shock – my head is SO cold!  Previously I’d always said no but I was really inspired by SOS Africa and the work that they do. As a teacher I passionately believe in the power of education – everyone should have the chance to go to school.  I wanted to support a charity that shared this view and could communicate that message to my own students - to inspire them and make them think about the opportunities they have.

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Everyone at the Ridgeway School has been fantastic.  I was amazed at how much students wanted to help – they organised a tea sale, pizza day and music quiz to raise money.  Others sponsored me to dye my hair different colours.  I got really excited when I overheard students talking about SOS Africa – it was really important to me to try and raise awareness too.  The local newspapers and radio ran stories about the head shave – it felt like a big event!  None of this would have been possible without the amazing support I was given by the SOS Africa team – they were so friendly and helpful.

By the time it got to the big day I had moved from nervous to really excited.  In the morning my sixth formers gave me a makeover – ‘styling’ my hair with curling tongs!  A stage had been set up in the school hall and hundreds of students came out to see me go bald.  Some of them took it in turns to cut my hair with scissors before a fellow teacher shaved my head completely.  The atmosphere was amazing – I was so touched to have the support of so many students and see their excitement; it’s something I’ll remember forever.

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Helping SOS Africa has been fantastic – it is such an amazing charity.  I was delighted to meet so many other supporters when I ran the London 10k.  There is a really strong sense that you are part of a team and they are so positive.  I never thought I would say this about losing my hair but I have genuinely enjoyed the whole experience (except perhaps when one student nearly cut off my ear!!!). Would I do it again?  Definitely – though I may have to wait a while for my hair to grow back first!"

Mark with SOS Africa co-founder Matt, and SOS Africa fundraiser Tan at the London 10k

SOS Africa would like to congratulate Mark for raising over £1000 for the SOS Africa children throughout this event and following his London 10k Run. If you have been inspired by Mark's exploits, why not set up your own fundraising event for SOS Africa?

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