Jack­son’s mane event

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Scott Morgan

THE LION MAN has lost his mane.

Jack­son Wil­liams, who was given the nick­name by his Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School class­mates be­cause of his waist length locks, had his hair chopped off for the Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion on Mon­day.

So far he has raised $4000 for the char­ity af­ter first ap­pear­ing in the Auck­land City Har­bour News in March and then on Camp­bell Live.

Af­ter some nerves on the day of the hair­cut, Jack­son is still ad­just­ing to his shorter look.

“I got so used to my hair mov­ing ev­ery time I walked.

“It kept swish­ing around,” he says.

“It feels like that still – it’s quite odd.”

The 14-year-old Pt Che­va­lier res­i­dent de­cided to grow his hair when he was 10 af­ter see­ing can­cer pa­tients with no hair dur­ing a stay in hospi­tal.

Fit­tingly, the ex­cess hair will be made into wigs for those go­ing through chemo­ther­apy.

Jack­son hasn’t had the chance to show off his new do to all of his friends be­cause of the school hol­i­days.

But those who have seen it are shocked at the dif­fer­ence.

Thir teen-year- old Marty Mills says he had trou­ble pic­tur­ing what Jack­son would look like when he first found out the hair was gone.

“It looks far dif­fer­ent when you ac­tu­ally see it,” he says.

And Jack­son’s mum Jen­nifer The­ri­ault is im­pressed.

She says her son’s achieve­ment is “ex­cep­tional”.

“It shows if you put your mind to some­thing, you can achieve it.”

But she says she won’t have to spend quite so much time comb­ing and braid­ing his hair now it’s short.

“It takes two or three min­utes to get ready in­stead of 15 min­utes to sev­eral hours.”

As for whether he will grow it back in the fu­ture, Jack­son is un­sure what he will do.

“I kind of miss it. But it feels quite good that it’s gone.”

Peo­ple can still spon­sor Jack­son by visit­ing www.fundraiseon­line. by phon­ing 815-1167 or email­ing body_beats@xtra.co.nz.

Be­fore the chop: Right: Jack­son Wil­liams looked af­ter his waist length hair be­fore hav­ing it cut off.

Pho­tos: JA­SON OXENHAM

New look:

Jack­son Wil­liams with his for­mer locks which will be made into a wig for some­one suf­fer­ing from can­cer.

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