Kelsi cuts locks for cause

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By MATHEW GRO­COTT

Hair cuts can be im­por­tant events for teenage girls but Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Kelsi Mered­ith’s next trim will be of more im­por­tance to oth­ers.

Kelsi will have her head shaved on April 8 as part of Shave for a Cure, a fundraiser for the Leukaemia and Blood Foun­da­tion.

The 15 year old is hop­ing her new do will raise at least $1000.

When asked why she was shav­ing off hair that reaches past her shoul­ders, Kelsi’s an­swer was sim­ple.

‘‘I want to help peo­ple. I’ve al­ways wanted to do it and mum’s fi­nally agreed to let me do it.’’

The Leukaemia and Blood Foun­da­tion sup­port pa­tients and their fam­i­lies liv­ing with blood can­cers and re­lated blood con­di­tions.

Kelsi is a for­mer Pu­taruru Pri­mary School stu­dent and lives near Waotu.

Now a stu­dent at Mata­mata Col­lege, Kelsi said most of her friends’ re­ac­tions had been ‘‘why?’’.

‘‘Most peo­ple say ‘why?’,’’ Kelsi said. ‘‘I’ve had a few peo­ple say I’m crazy but I’m brave.’’

Kelsi is hop­ing to do­nate her newly shorn hair to a char­ity that cre­ates wigs for cancer suf­fer­ers.

With two weeks un­til her hair is shaved at Hair Af­fair she is ask­ing for in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses to con­trib­ute to Shave for a Cure.

‘‘Any do­na­tions, even small ones, help.’’

Kelsi said she was un­sure how she would look with no hair but was pre­par­ing her­self for a dra­mat­i­cally shorter cut.

‘‘I’m kind of get­ting used to the idea of be­ing bald.’’

Close shave: Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Kelsi Mered­ith will have her hair shaved as part of Shave for a Cure, a ma­jor fundraiser for the Leukaemia and Blood Foun­da­tion.

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