16 March 2021

Moruya triplets, aged 6, brave the World’s Greatest Shave to raise $2500

| Hannah Sparks
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Moruya triplets Emme, Kade and Jace Ramsay with their mum, Jedda Reeves, at St Mary's Primary School.

Moruya triplets Kade, Jace and Emme Ramsay with their mum, Jedda Reeves, post-shave and colour at St Mary’s Primary School in Moruya. Photo: Supplied.

Six-year-old Moruya triplets Kade, Jace and Emme Ramsay have braved the World’s Greatest Shave and raised more than $2500 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Squeals of excitement could be heard from within the walls at St Mary’s Primary School in Moruya, where the triplets shaved and coloured their hair in front of staff and fellow students on Thursday, 11 March.

The two boys, Kade and Jace, had their heads shaved and painted blue and green, while their sister, Emme, decided to hold onto her luscious locks, but painted them pink instead.

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Some of St Mary’s Primary School’s staff also joined the shave, while everyone else dressed up as their favourite superhero for a gold coin donation.

The triplets’ mum, Jedda Reeves, says she’s “amazed” by the amount raised and how well the event was supported.

“It went off without a hitch and the triplets did so well,” she says. “I was really amazed at how well we did.”

Kade, Emme and Jace Ramsay holding cans of hair colour.

Kade, Emme and Jace Ramsay select their hair colours. Photo: Supplied.

Among the generous donors was Jedda’s place of work, Moruya Pharmacy, which donated more than $300, and her aunty, who has been battling blood cancer for 10 years and donated $200 after being blown away by the triplets’ efforts.

“Everyone has been so supportive and I’d really recommend people take part in the World’s Greatest Shave because it’s such a fun event to involve your community in,” says Jedda.

Born at just 32 weeks, the triplets and their mum spent a lot of time in Sydney’s Westmead Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, where they met many families with children battling leukaemia.

“It was heart-wrenching, especially at Westmead because it’s a hospital people turn to as their last avenue of help,” says Jedda.

“A lot of the people we met were from the country so they’d travelled far to get there and often the mothers were separated from their other children and partner who stayed at home.

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“But the thing I remember was the strength they had, which got me through the tough times.”

Jedda decided this would be the year her family gave back to those who still have sick children.

“I have three energetic, healthy kids and it is nice to help those who don’t,” she says.

Kade, Jace and Emme Ramsay participating in the World's Greatest Shave.

Kade, Jace and Emme Ramsay get ready to shave their hair for the Leukaemia Foundation. Photo: Supplied.

A television advert for the World’s Greatest Shave reminded Jedda of the time her colleagues at Moruya Pharmacy raised a lot of money for cancer by taking part in Shave for a Cure.

“I saw the advert and thought, ‘What a great thing to do,’” she says.

Funds raised provide families who are facing blood cancer with the special care they need following a diagnosis, including accommodation near lifesaving treatment at no cost, and access to specially trained blood cancer support workers.

The money can also help families put food on the table and pay for rent or bills during a difficult time.

People can donate to the Leukaemia Foundation via the triplets’ fundraising page until the end of this week.

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