It’s all hair, there and everywhere
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.”
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.