The shaved coconut in support of two students suffering from cancer
Julie-Gabrielle Morin, director of the Montée school, will participate in the Leucan Shaved Head Challenge in early December.
Share November 15, 2020 3:00 a.m. Updated at 10:00 a.m. Share The shaved coconut in support of two students with cancer
Mélanie Noël La Tribune The principal of La Montée high school, Julie-Gabrielle Morin, will shave her beautiful curly hair for the benefit of Leucan on December 3. Already a dozen students from his school have decided to imitate him in this gesture of support for two students suffering from cancer. A drastic haircut that also aims to educate young people about the fight against this disease.
“In this time of a pandemic where we are sometimes centered on our own suffering, I would like us to realize that there are other trials, more serious than certain constraints, that are experienced. The objective is also that we mobilize to show that together, in community, we are capable of accomplishing something beautiful. For our two students, it's a way of telling them that we are there and that we do not forget them, ”summarizes the director.
His goal is to raise $ 4000. “If each of the students gives $ 2, we will have already collected $ 3,000, because there are 1,500 students”, notes Ms. Morin adding that the students who give $ 10 will have the chance to participate in a draw allowing them to win the privilege of cutting themselves a band of hair from their director.
“When I spoke to one of the two students, who recently had to shave his hair because of his treatment, I told him that soon we would be two coconuts. He told me that I didn't need to do that, ”the director recalls, laughing.
“I told him he was right, but that I was going to do it anyway to accompany him,” she adds, speaking of this secondary 2 student who has a long battle ahead of him.
The idea of participating in the Shaved Head Challenge has simmered for a few years. Three years ago, the school principal was personally affected by skin cancer, a melanoma for which she was operated. The fact that two students from her school are now suffering from cancer and the fact that after now five years in office, she knows all the young people of her school well pushed her to take action. .
“I want young people to be more sensitive to this cause and when you know the person, it's more concrete and engaging,” said the director, adding that the second student with cancer learned about it very recently and that 'she is very discreet on the subject.
Behind this gesture, there is also an objective of solidarity and compassion. “When a child is sick, we know that the whole family is affected and organizations like Leucan are there to help them,” says Ms. Morin.
The collection of donations in the classes will take place over the next two weeks. The Leucan Shaved Head Challenge will take place on December 3 and the amount raised during the fundraising campaign will be unveiled at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium of École de la Montée.