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.

PHOTO: JOHN BIS­SET/ STUFF

Benji Tobin checks out his new look in the mir­ror.

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