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.