It’s all hair, there and ev­ery­where

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

Hair went fly­ing in all di­rec­tions at West­ern Springs Col­lege last month in the name of a good cause.

Six­teen peo­ple, in­clud­ing stu­dents, their fam­ily mem­bers and sev­eral teach­ers, lost their locks for the Leukaemia and Blood Foun­da­tion’s Shave For A Cure fundrais­ing cam­paign.

Ini­tially the 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 sac­ri­fice their hair.

“Later that day we found our­selves talk­ing in as­sem­bly,” Rhi­an­non says.

While she feels a lit­tle strange without her shoul­der­length hair, 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. A lot of peo­ple want to touch your head.”

Matthew says it was great to be able to do some­thing prac­ti­cal to help oth­ers.

“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 from the event where 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 youngsters like 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.”

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Good cause: West­ern Springs Col­lege stu­dents who took part in Shave For A Cure. Back, from left: Con­nor Ker­rNewell and Ai­dan Lo­mas. Mid­dle: Re­becca Walker, Matthew Jef­fries and So­phie Dyson. Front: Rhi­an­non Dil­worth and Ben Jack­son.

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