Get your wig on for a char­ity night out

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

Worn by royalty, bar­ris­ters, Egyp­tians and celebri­ties, the wig is now mak­ing an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to char­ity.

Wig-wear­ing sup­port­ers are be­ing asked to chan­nel their in­ner Cleopa­tra or Cher while danc­ing the night away to raise funds for Starship hospi­tal and the Leukaemia and Blood Foun­da­tion.

Or­gan­iser Chinda Uch says the Big Wig Out is back to help raise funds for the or­gan­i­sa­tions who helped care for her 11-year-old sis­ter Kanika, who was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia in 2007.

“As you can imag­ine this was a mas­sive shock to me and my fam­ily, not to men­tion my friends.”

Chinda then de­cided to hold the Wig Night Out as a fundrais­ing event and re­ceived more than $2700 in do­na­tions.

“Kanika is now back to her healthy old self thanks to Starship hospi­tal and the blood foun­da­tion but since the event was so suc­cess­ful we’ve de­cided to do it again.”

This year’s event is be­ing held in the city at neigh­bour­ing venues Fu Bar and Zen Bar and will fea­ture en­ter­tain­ment from 21 mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Char­lie B and Be­van Keys.

Guests are asked to sport wigs of ev­ery shape and length to show sol­i­dar­ity for chemo­ther­apy pa­tients who lose their locks dur­ing treat­ment.

“It’s pretty much a pal thing to say ‘don’t be ashamed of wear­ing a wig’ and to show sup­port by wear­ing one,” says Chinda.

“Work­places can also get in­volved by ask­ing staff to wear a wig, ban­dana or cap this Fri­day for a gold coin do­na­tion as part of Wig Day Out.”

Foun­da­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Pru Etchev­erry is thrilled Wig Night Out is hap­pen­ing again.

“I think it’s a fab­u­lous way to raise funds. We’re very ap­pre­cia­tive of peo­ple who work hard to put on an event to raise money.”

Doors open at 9.30pm this Fri­day at Fu Bar, 4 Wolfe St and Zen Bar, 17 Al­bert St. Tick­ets cost $20.

For more in­for­ma­tion email wig­nightout@gmail.com.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Wig gals: Long-time friends, from left: Chinda Uch, Jer­naine Nuguid, Lee­hane Stow­ers and Kara Ta­mati are putting on an­other hair-rais­ing night to raise money for Starship hospi­tal and the Leukaemia and Blood Foun­da­tion.

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