Close shave raises big bucks

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - RACHAEL COMER

There were tears, laughs and gasps as a group of South Can­ter­bury peo­ple who put their hair on the line for char­ity had a close shave.

The re­gion’s South Can­ter­bury Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion Shave Your Lid For A Brave Kid fundraiser was held at the Speight’s Ale House on Sun­day, rais­ing $70,000 for the foun­da­tion.

About 20 peo­ple had their hair shaved off at the event in front of a crowd of about 200 peo­ple.

At the an­nual ‘‘fun­ra­zor’’, par­tic­i­pants can ei­ther raise a nom­i­nated amount of money to pre­vent hav­ing their hair shaved off, or set an amount for which they will shave their head.

The money raised is dou­ble Ti­maru’s record set more than six years ago.

South Can­ter­bury branch of the Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion chair­man Jono Martin said the ef­fort event fundrais­ers Mark Bower and Ash Ron­ald had put into the day was ‘‘out­stand­ing’’.

He said when the group had sat down at the start of the year to or­gan­ise the event they had de­cided that $15,000, $5000 more than last year’s event, could be a re­al­is­tic fundrais­ing to­tal.

One of the first up to have his hair re­moved was Ti­maru 29-year-old Benji Tobin. Tobin has suf­fered from epilepsy since he was two. His mother Maria watched on as her son’s dark locks were shaved away. ‘‘I’m very proud of him,’’ she said.


Benji Tobin checks out his new look in the mir­ror.

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