Celebrity heads shaved in sol­i­dar­ity

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A num­ber of celebri­ties in­clud­ing Dame Va­lerie Adams took on the role of hair­dressers for a char­ity cause last week.

Hosted by TVNZ’s Break­fast host Hi­lary Barry, the event was for the Shave for a Cure fundrais­ing cam­paign of the char­ity Leukaemia and Blood Can­cer (LBC).

Four-time world cham­pion shot-put­ter Adams, of Half Moon Bay; Moses MacKay, the bari­tone with pop­u­lar singing group Sol3 Mio, and well-known co­me­dian Paul Ego served as the hair­dressers, with Barry help­ing them out.

MacKay and Ego even jumped into the bar­ber’s chair to get shaved along with 12 oth­ers at the event at Farm­ers St Lukes.

Auck­land graf­fiti artist Paul Walsh, the mys­te­ri­ous pain­ter of Dog from Footrot Flats at Big King Re­serve, Three Kings, com­pleted an art­work of a lion cat on the bon­net of the Shave for a Cure car.

The bon­net will be re­moved and sold with all pro­ceeds go­ing to LBC.

Be­ing a long-term sup­porter of the char­ity, Farm­ers held 18 com­mu­nity shave events around the coun­try over the shave week from March 20-26.

Farm­ers’ chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Michael Power says LBC is a char­ity close to the heart of the com­pany’s 4000 staff mem­bers.

‘‘Shave for a Cure is a cam­paign that all our stores get be­hind each year,’’ he says.

‘‘We know a num­ber of our staff have been per­son­ally af­fected by th­ese diseases.

‘‘Along­side or­gan­is­ing events and fundrais­ing in­store, many of them take up the chal­lenge to shave their heads to show sol­i­dar­ity,’’ Power says.

For the year-round cam­paign, 1220 peo­ple have signed up this year, and the amount of money raised is sit­ting at $428,522, ac­cord­ing to the char­ity.

As LBC re­ceives no gov­ern­ment fund­ing, fundrais­ing through the cam­paign is vi­tal, LBC chief ex­ec­u­tive Pru Etchev­erry says.

‘‘Each year we are so in­cred- ibly grate­ful for the sup­port from Farm­ers’ cus­tomers,’’ Etchev­erry says.

‘‘The en­ergy, en­thu­si­asm and cre­ativ­ity that the staff put into or­gan­is­ing events is ex­tra­or­di­nary and dona­tions re­ceived from the public help raise valu­able funds to in­vest in re­search into th­ese diseases.’’

In­di­vid­u­als and groups can choose to par­tic­i­pate in the cam­paign through­out the year. Visit shave­foracure.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

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Co­me­dian Paul Ego not only served as head shaver, but also jumped into the bar­ber’s chair to have his hair re­moved by world and Olympic cham­pion shot-put­ter Dame Va­lerie Adams.

Adams takes the clip­pers to the head of Sol3 Mio bari­tone Moses MacKay at the Shave for a Cure event.

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