Kelsi cuts locks for cause
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.