Shaving for good cause
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.