Hervey Bay Christian Academy - crazy hair day fundraiser. Principal Steve Sauvageot has his hair shaved and coloured by deputy Jane Boss-Walker to raise funds for leukaemia. Pictured with Olivia Heckels. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Hervey Bay Christian Academy - crazy hair day fundraiser. Principal Steve Sauvageot has his hair shaved and coloured by deputy Jane Boss-Walker to raise funds for leukaemia. Pictured with Olivia Heckels. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

The boss gets a shave and a colour for a crazy, good cause

WHEN Olivia Heckels was diagnosed with leukemia at four months old, she wasn't expected to live through the week.

She was rushed by helicopter to Brisbane and put in intensive care after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a rare type of cancer found in children.

Olivia underwent eight months of chemotherapy, with her mother Kim Heckels in her hospital room every step of the way.

Now three years old, Olivia is in remission and enjoying classes with her playmates at Hervey Bay Christian Academy's Sunshine Kindy.

On Wednesday, the kindy had a Crazy Hair Day fundraiser that raised $100 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Teacher and organiser Jane Boss-Walker said the event was to show the kindy's support for the Heckels family and to teach the students about compassion.

Despite the difficulties with Olivia's health, her family was made stronger by the experience, according to dad Ashley Heckels.

"There's certain things that before you thought were important, but now realise that they're not," he said.

Mr Heckels will also be holding fundraisers later in the year for Camp Quality, including riding a bike from Cambodia to Vietnam.



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