Friends commit to cause clipping
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.