Friends com­mit to cause clip­ping

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By FLORENCE KERR

Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Kelsi Mered­ith showed no fear as hair­dresser Lorna Jensen made moves to cut her hair.

Kelsi was sup­ported by her mother Lisa Mered­ith and her friend Sa­man­tha Catch­pole who also went un­der the blade to sup­port the Leukaemia and Blood Foun­da­tion.

‘‘I said good­bye to my hair, I washed it and brushed it a cou­ple of times,’’ Kelsi said.

Sa­man­tha was in­spired af­ter see­ing her friend com­mit to the cause and has a fam­ily link to cancer. ‘‘ My cousin’s fi­ancee had breast cancer and when she was go­ing through her treat­ment she lost her hair. I’m do­ing this for her and to help raise some money too,’’ she said. Mrs Mered­ith tried to talk her daugh­ter out of shav­ing her head but was glad she didn’t suc­ceed.

‘‘When Kelsi sets her mind to some­thing she gives it 110 per cent. There was no way I was go­ing to talk her out of it.’’

The proud mum said it brought a tear to her eye when she saw how de­ter­mined Kelsi was and how pas­sion­ate she was about the cause. ‘‘When Kelsi was young her sis­ter was in an ac­ci­dent so we spent a lot of nights at Auck­land’s Star­ship hos­pi­tal. When we were there Kelsi met a lot of young peo­ple with cancer. I know this is the rea­son she is do­ing it,’’ she said.

It took less then 10 min­utes be­fore both girls were bald.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards the pair hugged and gave each other’s head a play­ful rub. ‘‘Wow it feels so weird but I like it.’’ Kelsi said. Sa­man­tha also felt happy about her de­ci­sion to get in­volved in the shave-off.

Kelsi has raised more than $700 with money still com­ing in.

Pu­taruru Hair Af­fair has col­lec­tion buck­ets at their of­fices for those want­ing to do­nate.

Do­na­tions can also be made www.shave­foracure.co.nz.

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