Shaver knows value of sup­port first­hand

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Barely a few years af­ter los­ing his hair to cancer, a Rangikura School 11-year-old has shaved his head to raise money for other chil­dren fac­ing the sick­ness.

Rei­hana Re­wita was one of seven in­volved with the school – in­clud­ing prin­ci­pal Ed­die Uluile­lata – who shaved their hair as part of a fundraiser for the Child Cancer So­ci­ety last Thurs­day.

Rangikura School has two chil­dren who have had cancer. Both are in re­mis­sion.

Uluile­lata said the fundraiser was a way to hon­our them and their fam­i­lies.

‘‘ To­day’s about kids like Rei­hana and Kay­lah [Keat­ing] and their par­ents and all of us who have felt the pain of cancer,’’ he said.

‘‘Hair grows back, so it’s a lit­tle nod to them and to show love and re­spect.’’

Uluile­lata, who had dread­locks un­til last sum­mer, died his hair pink be­fore hav­ing it shaved off.

‘‘The prin­ci­pal is usu­ally the first one on the block. I just went with it straight away.’’

Rei­hana and his mother, Char­maine, or­gan­ised the fundraiser.

‘‘So people who have cancer can get wigs,’’ Rei­hana said.

Char­maine Re­wita joined her son and do­nated her long hair to Locks for Love to be made into a wig for a child.

She said cancer had made her re­alise ev­ery day counted.

The school raised more than $1000.

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