Kids get close shave for char­ity

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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