Afro sacrifice for a cause
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.
Josh Whiley is shaving his afro for a good cause.