Taking a shave for Daffodil Day
‘‘I couldn't give anything this year so I thought I'd cut off my hair’’
The annual Daffodil Day appeal is approaching and Huntly’s Robert Rollins is set to chop off his locks and beards for the cause.
The 67-year old retiree has contributed to the Huntly ANZ fundraiser in the past with handmade barbecue tables for the raffle.
So this time round will be a bit different.
‘‘I couldn’t give anything this year so I thought I’d cut off my hair.’’
Rollins said he was in the process of accumulating donations before the shave on August 25.
His past contributions have just been for the sake of giving but he has his own connections with cancer.
Several years ago, a growth on his kidney was discovered and removed.
The Cancer Society helped him out when he needed treatment in Auckland, he said.
‘‘About eight years ago, they gave me $175 for petrol and to stay in a hotel.’’
As a customer of the town’s ANZ branch, the shave will happen there.
Last year, personal banker Sandra Cleaver took the plunge as well raising more than $800.
In its 27th year of supporting Daffodil Day, the branch will run a barbecue and bake sale on the day alongside the raffle.
‘‘The local businesses do get behind us, we’ve got eight [so far] of the local business that have donated items for our raffle,’’ Cleaver said.
Donations from the bank’s campaign go towards the Cancer Society of New Zealand which supports patients and funds research.
The national appeal runs for the month of August involving thousands of volunteers and culminating on Daffodil Day which is the last Friday of August.