A loss of locks is nei­ther hair nor there

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

Hunta Chap­man didn’t need his hair so he gave it away.

The Toko­roa Year 9 For­est View High School stu­dent didn’t think twice when asked to par­tic­i­pate in the cancer fundraiser Shave for a Cure.

‘‘Two weeks ago I was in maths and [se­nior lake leader] Bayleigh Diaz came in so I asked what she was do­ing and she said she was try­ing to find some peo­ple that would like to shave their heads for Shave for a Cure and I just straight away vol­un­teered,’’ he said.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple just think too much about their hair, they think ‘oh my hair is ev­ery­thing to me I am go­ing to brush it and keep it nice and tidy’ but I thought ‘well I don’t re­ally need hair, I am a boy, other peo­ple could use my hair’.’’

Hunta said tak­ing part held spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance for him which he wanted to high­light.

‘‘My cousin died when he was about five-years-old from cancer. I think he’d be in his 30s now and my mid­dle name Royce was named af­ter him so he’s one of the rea­sons,’’ he said.

‘‘I just thought it would be a good thing as a lot of peo­ple don’t see those rea­sons.’’

And so a cou­ple of weeks later the big day came when Hunta’s head was shaved in front of the en­tire school.

‘‘I have three sis­ters and when I first told them they didn’t re­ally be­lieve that I was go­ing to do it. Be­fore it got shaven off my twin came up to me and she hugged me and said ‘I am go­ing to miss your hair’,’’ he laughed.

‘‘I was quite ner­vous when my teacher Mr [Aaron] Mu­tua, who had a mi­cro­phone and speaker, asked me to come up on the day. My mum’s friend Dianne Collins took a be­fore photo and then Cairo Sam­son the bar­ber asked if I wanted all of it shaved off or a fade so I said a fade.’’

‘‘He started and I was think­ing ‘‘well there is no turn­ing back now, this is it.’’

‘‘When he was half­way through a big crowd of peo­ple swarmed around me and they were say­ing ‘‘oh that looks cool’’. Every­one has been so nice and said I am the man,’’ he said.

Hunta man­aged to raise $542 dur­ing the shave.

‘‘There were heaps of peo­ple that came down to do­nate money and I just want to thank every­one for not teas­ing me or any­thing,’’ he said.

He en­cour­aged oth­ers to take part in the fundraiser.

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Hunta Chap­man fol­low­ing tak­ing part in Shave for a Cure.

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Year 9 For­est View High School stu­dent Hunta Chap­man be­fore tak­ing part in Shave for a Cure with bar­ber Cairo Sam­son and teacher Aaron Mu­tua.

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