AWESOME: Courtney Vanderpool takes part in the World's Greatest Shave, smashing her fundraising goal.
AWESOME: Courtney Vanderpool takes part in the World's Greatest Shave, smashing her fundraising goal.

Committed to the cause

IT WAS only four weeks ago that 16-year-old Emerald teen Courtney Vanderpool made a spontaneous decision which would help countless strangers.

She can't say why, but something clicked inside Courtney on February 17, and there was no stopping the brave Emerald State High School student from taking part in the World's Greatest Shave.

"It just popped up in my head," Courtney said of her decision.

"I have thought about it in previous years."

With the full support of her peers and family, about 30 of whom turned out at her World's Greatest Shave event at the weekend, Courtney is "blown away" to have nearly tripled her initial $500 goal, fundraising about $1400 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

When the teen announced her intentions, the first thing that came to mind for mother, Juanita, was Courtney's school formal later this year.

Unfazed, Courtney gave a slight shrug saying, "they will do something with my hair".

Courtney said the passing of her friend's mother last year to cancer hit close to home, and despite the nerves, her overwhelming feeling as she shed her brunette locks was of happiness, knowing she could help others suffering through the same heartache.

Though she is focusing her attention back to school life with the arrival of her end of term exams, Courtney said she would be happy to accept further donations before the June 30 cut-off date with a donation tin at Emerald IGA where she works.


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