Teen says farewell to the famous ‘fro
A Taranaki teenager found out what you get when you put an afro and a pair of clippers together: more than $1400 for charity and a cold head.
Ha¯wera High School student Tamaari Kupe-King said goodbye to something he’s had for a while his well-known head of hair.
‘‘I will be saying goodbye to my ‘fro in support of Shave for a Cure,’’ Kupe-King said before the event. ‘‘The ‘fro’s gotta go.’’
Kupe-King decided to shave for a cure in an attempt to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
He went around businesses in Ha¯ wera and along side his online Shave for a Cure page he fundraised nearly $1500.
He’d set a goal of $3000 but was happy with the outcome.
The shave took place on the last day of the school term in the Ha¯wera High School hall and brought in many spectators.
Ha¯wera High School teacher Alison Wright made sure she donated the most money so she could be the first to shave a section of hair.
Principal Hans Konlechner even had a go on the clippers with a smile on his face the entire time.
The clippers were then handed around to other staff, prefects, and family members until the hair and there was a lot of it - was gone.
Kupe-King commented on the cool breeze he could feel on his bald head straight away.
The teenager’s hair has been on display for the Ha¯ wera public quite a bit lately.
Firstly at the Ma¯ ori Women’s Welfare League’s Nga¯ Pu¯ Ko¯ rero o A¯ po¯ po¯ - a speech competition where he spoke Te Reo publicly for the first time.
Kupe-King won the senior boy’s category at this event and qualified for the national competition.
He then played a lead role, as Stacey Jax, in the Ha¯ wera High School production Rock of Ages.
Stacey Jax’s identity was hidden at the beginning of the production by dark glasses and a hat, concealing his ever-so-famous afro.
Kupe-King had gone around Ha¯ wera businesses and approached passersby on the street during his fundraising efforts. He also requested gold coin donations from spectators who wished to watch the ‘fro go.
Shave for a Cure is Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand’s signature fundraising event. Each year, thousands of New Zealanders get sponsored to shave their heads in support of the cause.
Tamaari KupeKing scooped his shaven hair from the ground, and you almost couldn’t tell it wasn’t attached to his head almost.