Great sup­port for day


Waipuku­rau’s main re­tail strip along Ru­atani­wha St turned yel­low for the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s an­nual fundraiser Daf­fodil Day last Fri­day.

But stand­ing out with a mop of bright, blue hair was Year 12 CHB Col­lege stu­dent Zane Berge, who was one of a num­ber of stu­dents sell­ing pins and bunches of daf­fodils and col­lect­ing do­na­tions. To raise even more money for the char­ity, the 16-year-old re­vealed he would be shav­ing off his blue locks the next day at the Tarzino Tro­phy Daf­fodil Race­day meet at Hast­ings race­course.

He had raised more than $300 ahead of the big shave off at the races, which he said was to re­pay the so­ci­ety for the sup­port it had given his family after his dad, Craig, was di­ag­nosed with throat can­cer last year.

“After he got the all clear this year I was like, I should do some­thing to help out the so­ci­ety. And I thought shav­ing my hair and rais­ing money would be the best way, and then I thought I’d dye my hair blue to raise aware­ness for prostate can­cer while I was at it,” said Zane, whose dad Craig was also due to shave his hair on Satur­day.

There were street col­lec­tors, clowns and even Chero­kee, a minia­ture horse, walk­ing the streets of Waipuku­rau on Daf­fodil Day, which started with a cake stall out­side the char­ity’s pop-up shop in­side the old Envy Shoes out­let.

CHB Can­cer sup­port group co­or­di­na­tor Sally Petro said the bak­ing stall had been a big hit.

“We started sell­ing at 7.30am and sold out very, very quickly.”

Com­bined with the street col­lec­tions and pro­ceeds from the raf­fles and sale of daf­fodils, Sally said the day was on track to raise more than $8000 — money which would be spent in CHB to sup­port peo­ple with can­cer.

Story’s Cloth­ing won first place in the Paint the Town Yel­low com­pe­ti­tion as the busi­ness with the best win­dow dis­play.

CHB Col­lege stu­dents, from left, Ge­or­gia Kohleis and Bree White with Chero­kee the minia­ture horse and owner Sh­eryl Wig­gins.

Daf­fodil Day col­lec­tor CHB Col­lege stu­dent Zane Berge was due to have his mop of blue hair shaved off at the Tarzino Tro­phy Daf­fodil Race day on Satur­day.

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