Jackson’s mane event
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before the chop: Right: Jackson Williams looked after his waist length hair before having it cut off.
Jackson Williams with his former locks which will be made into a wig for someone suffering from cancer.