Tak­ing a shave for Daf­fodil Day

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‘‘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.

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