Shav­ing for good cause

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

It is go­ing to be a cold win­ter for the 13 fire fight­ers who will shave their heads this week­end but it is noth­ing a woolly beanie can’t fix.

The fire fight­ers are shav­ing their heads for Shave for a Cure, which sup­ports the Leukaemia and Blood Foun­da­tion, this Sun­day at Re­doubt at 2pm and would like the com­mu­nity to get be­hind them.

Mata­mata sta­tion of­fi­cer Gary Olsen said they are do­ing it to raise money for a good cause. ‘‘ We want to raise money and be­cause we thought there was a lot go­ing down to Christchurch but some­thing like this is just as im­por­tant. We hope we can raise a bit,’’ he said.

Mr Olsen said al­though it would not mean he will lose a lot of hair, he has held off from get­ting any re­cent hair­cuts so there was a de­cent amount to chop. The head shave will also be open to other peo­ple who want to get rid of their hair.

Leukaemia and Blood Foun­da­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Pru Etchev­erry said they are thank­ful for the num­ber of peo­ple show­ing sup­port.

‘‘It is so in­cred­i­bly heart­en­ing to see so many peo­ple from all walks of life sign up to shave this year. This is our largest fundraiser for the year so we are just de­lighted with this level of par­tic­i­pa­tion.’’

Shave for Cure is an an­nual event across New Zealand and runs from April 4 to 10.

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