Car­ing cool heads at col­lege

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

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.

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