Charli raises over $1000 for World's Greatest Shave

Thirteen-year-old Charli Betterman drew a crowd at Cleve Area School on Friday, shaving her head to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.

The Year 8 student decided to participate in the World's Greatest Shave a month ago as a tribute to her father Steven, a survivor of kidney cancer.

Starting out with a target of around $350, Charli said she had to keep raising the stakes as donations flowed in.

With minutes to go before the shave, donations from friends, family and even anonymous contributors were still adding to the total, which ticked over $1360 on Friday.

"That's a thousand over my original goal," Charli said.

"So many people helping... it's crazy."

Charli said much of her fundraising was through social media, with her mother Bec Elson promoting her efforts on Facebook and Charli running her own successful Snapchat campaign.

She said she was proud to have far exceeded her fundraising goal.

"I'm so happy because I'm doing this for Dad," she said.

"It's a lot of money."

A group of Charli's Cleve-based family came down to support her; including her mother, stepfather and three younger sisters.

Steven was unable to attend but sent his support and pride by text message.

Students of all ages crowded around during recess to watch Charli's basketball coaches Jordan Shambrook and Shakira Traeger do the honours, with hairdressing advice from school principal Ray Marino.

Both Charli's hair and the funds raised will be donated to the Leukaemia Foundation to assist with supporting those affected by blood cancer.