Celebrity heads shaved in solidarity
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.
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.