Kids get close shave for charity
Harry Findlay had a decent head of hair, but was happy to part with it for charity.
The year 8 Adventure School pupil and 10 of his classmates had their locks cut off in front of the entire school assembly on August 16. Wellington Firebirds cricketers and Hurricanes rugby players were there as celebrity hairdressers.
Harry, the event organiser, said he wanted to raise awareness of child cancer and do ‘‘something meaningful’’ to support those who had to go through chemotherapy. ‘‘ Kids who have cancer can’t choose to go through this experience. This was a chance to think about other people.’’
Adventure School principal John Wootton said it was an expression of solidarity among a group of pupils, with their peers helping them through fundrais- ing. ‘‘It’s been entirely promoted by the students. They have done a fantastic job galvanising support for this.’’
More than $7000 was raised through online sponsorship, a sausage sizzle and mufti day.
On the day, Harry said he was nervous, but grateful of the sup- port. Despite a few tears from some participants as the hair came off, many said they were enjoying the close shave.
Hurricanes star Alapati Leiua said he had a lot of respect for the children taking part. ‘‘I probably couldn’t have done it myself when I was a boy. I was really shy.’’
Clean head: Hurricanes player Alapati Leiua gets to work on Lachlan Hayes.