Sch­nap­per Rock rocks red

North Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - AMY BAKER

Jaxon Wool­ley doesn’t nor­mally like go­ing to the hair­dressers.

But this year, the 11-year-old Cure Kids am­bas­sador pa­tiently sat through two hours of bleach and dye to have the red streaks needed to help raise money for Red Nose Day on Septem­ber 29.

‘‘For him to dye his hair, that was kind of a big thing,’’ Jax’s mum Tash Vruink said.

Nor­mally Jax doesn’t en­joy go­ing to the hair­dresser’s as he dis­likes the sound of clip­pers and talk­ing to peo­ple he doesn’t know.

But hav­ing Art Green’s red coiffe as in­spi­ra­tion and also know­ing his hair­dresser Sandi was a big help, Vruink said.

How­ever, the ‘‘coolest part’’ was col­lect­ing for the street ap­peal the fol­low­ing day in Brown’s Bay, where many peo­ple stopped to com­ment on Jax’s new look.

The Sch­nap­per Rock res­i­dent has so far raised around $200 on­line and has been an am­bas­sador for Cure Kids since 2015. Be­tween the ages of two and five, he was di­ag­nosed with se­vere de­vel­op­men­tal dys­praxia, Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der and ADHD.

Vruink said Cure Kids had been great for Jax’s con­fi­dence, es­pe­cially in terms of crowds and talk­ing to peo­ple he doesn’t know. He also raised around $400 for Cure Kids at Round The Bays in March.

Cure Kids was es­tab­lished in 1971 and raises funds to sup­port med­i­cal re­search for cures and treat­ments for a range of child­hood con­di­tions and ill­nesses.

See red-hair-17.ev­ery­day­hero.com/ nz/jaxon-is-go­ing-red to do­nate.

‘‘For him to dye his hair, that was kind of a big thing. ’’

AMY BAKER/STUFF

Tash Vruink with her son Jaxon, 11.

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