Caring cool heads at college
Hair went flying in all directions at Western Springs College for a good cause.
Sixteen students, family members and teachers lost their locks for the Leukaemia and Blood Foundation’s Shave for a Cure campaign.
Initially event organisers Rhiannon Dilworth, 15, and Matthew Jeffries, 14, were just considering a change of hairstyle.
“I was going to shave Matt’s head for him because he had a blonde, curly mullet,” she says.
But when Matthew’s mum pointed out Shave for a Cure was coming up, the pair couldn’t resist signing up for the challenge.
After getting the school’s approval to hold the event, they were soon on the hunt for recruits willing to sacrifi their hair.
“Later that day we found ourselves talking in assembly,” Rhiannon says.
The New Windsor resident says she’s getting used to her new cropped look.
“I’ve thought about doing it for a long time. It makes life a lot easier when drying it.
“It’s grown back so fast. A lot of people want to touch your head.”
Matthew says it was great to be able to do something practical that will help so many people.
“I’ve had a couple of mates who’ve had leukaemia. It’s so common you just want to be part of finding a cure.”
So far the group has raised about $3000. Participants got their heads shaved at the school with a gold coin donation for entry and sponsorship from family and friends.
Foundation chief executive Pru Etcheverry says it was fantastic to see Rhiannon and the rest of the team at the school getting involved.
“It’s really wonderful to see them lending their support for fellow New Zealanders of all ages affected by leukaemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers.”
Hairy Newstalk ZB host Danny Watson says goodbye to his hair today, to raise funds for the foundation.
Danny has grown his hair for 13 years and wants to raise $1000 for each year for the foundation.
Visit www.newstalkzb. co.nz and click the link at the bottom of the page or go to www.shaveforacure.co.nz and enter Danny’s name in the Search Shave box to help him out.
Good cause: Western Springs College students who took part in Shave for a Cure, back, from left: Connor Kerr-Newell and Aidan Lomas. Middle: Rebecca Walker, Matthew Jeffries and Sophie Dyson. Front: Rhiannon Dilworth and Ben Jackson.