Isaac Moxon bowel cancer fundraiser ends

Mitch Smith and Isaac Moxon after their significant hair loss. 220518CMA01
Mitch Smith and Isaac Moxon after their significant hair loss. 220518CMA01

UPDATE:

June 8, 2018: Tamworth High School Isaac Moxon will be boosting the work of Bowel Cancer Australia with a donation of $4120, as he wraps up his campaign.

Isaac said the fundraising efforts – which included shaving his head, selling raffle tickets and enlisting a maths teacher to get his entire upper body waxed – had been “a great experience for a great cause”.

He thanked everyone at his school and in his water polo club for their support and donations.

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EARLIER:

May 22, 2018: A STUDENT and a teacher at Tamworth High School have put their heads together for a fundraiser that would make most people’s hair stand on end.

Year 12’s Isaac Moxon and maths teacher Mitchell Smith have both shaved their heads to raise money for Bowel Cancer Australia.

Before and after. Photo: Samsara Hair & Beauty

Before and after. Photo: Samsara Hair & Beauty

But Mr Smith went the extra mile when he agreed to have his entire upper body waxed if Isaac could come up with more than $2000.

Mr Smith said it was well-known from his appearances at swimming carnivals that he was rather hirsute: “There’s been a few nicknames bantered around.”

His offer to put himself through the ordeal of a body wax helped to boost Isaac’s total from $700 to $2400 within a week.

“I thought it was a little bit of pain for a great cause,” Mr Smith said.

“When I saw Isaac announce his fundraising at a school assembly and share his reasons for doing it, I though it was really courageous …

“The kids love to see teachers put themselves out there like this – but I didn’t let them have a wax strip each; I drew the line there.”

Mr Smith underwent his waxing at Samsara Hair & Beauty recently, saying only that it was “pretty tough down the spine” and he took an “extra long shower” to recover afterwards.

Samsara shaved his head and Mr Smith also sacrificed most of his beard, while Isaac had his long locks clipped in a school event.

Isaac had a deep motivation to raise money to fight bowel cancer: both of his grandfathers died of the disease, one before Isaac was born and one when he was 10 years old.

Isaac Moxon before his headshave. Photo: Gareth Gardner 240318GGB001

Isaac Moxon before his headshave. Photo: Gareth Gardner 240318GGB001

“He was one of the biggest role models in my life, so to lose him had a huge impact on our family,” he said.

“He was into gardening and we’d go fishing together.

“He was a massive influence on my life.”

Isaac said he’d been helped in his fundraising efforts by his school, its prefects and teachers, Southgate Inn and the water polo club.

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