Afro sac­ri­fice for a cause

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

When Josh Whi­ley has his next hair­cut, he will lose more than just a cou­ple of inches off the top.

The Pare­mata 14- year- old planned to farewell his afro on April 14 and em­brace the No 1 look in sup­port of this year’s Shave for a Cure, the an­nual fundraiser for Leukaemia and Blood Can­cer New Zealand.

‘‘I told my friends that I was shav­ing all my hair off and they’re all sup­port­ing me. It’s go­ing to be a bit of a change, but it’s for a good cause,’’ he said.

While shav­ing all your hair off would be quite a shock to most peo­ple, Josh had his rea­sons.

‘‘My grandpa died of can­cer last year, so there’s a per­sonal con­nec­tion for me,’’ he said.

He ex­plained that he had never seen him­self bald, but knew shav­ing off all his hair was a ‘‘good thing to do’’.

The Kapiti Col­lege stu­dent said he had been grow­ing his hair into an afro since last year, af­ter his friends dared him to see if he could. ‘‘Turns out I can.’’ He has set a goal of rais­ing $500.

Photo: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Josh Whi­ley is shav­ing his afro for a good cause.

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