Close shave raises big bucks
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.