Cops’ locks clipped off for can­cer

Taranaki Daily News - - News - LEIGHTON KEITH

Taranaki’s top cop has gone bald but it’s not due to the stress of the job.

In­spec­tor Keith Bor­rell was one of 45 staff from the re­gion who had their heads shaved last week to raise money for Can­Teen.

The group raised more than $16,250 for the child can­cer char­ity and Bor­rell said get­ting the buzz cut was well worth it.

‘‘I think it was im­por­tant for all of the staff in Taranaki be­cause I think all of us have been touched by can­cer at some stage in our lives either fam­ily mem­bers, friends or col­leagues.

‘‘We lost a col­league our­selves to can­cer, Con­sta­ble Lee Rose, at the be­gin­ning of the year which made it more poignant for the staff here and I think that’s why you saw such a great ef­fort.’’

Bor­rell said he was happy with his new look but would have to be care­ful as the weather warms up.

‘‘It’s a bit cooler at night than it was but I’m sure it will grow back. I will just have to watch out for sun­burn.

Or­gan­iser Se­nior Sergeant Rob­bie O’Keefe said in the be­gin­ning they had a tar­get of around $4000 or $100 each but some staff had raised more than $1000.

‘‘To ex­ceed that is just ab­so­lutely phe­nom­e­nal,’’ O’Keefe said.

O’Keefe said he be­lieved Rose would be proud of the way staff sup­ported the event and his son Sam had even taken part - hav­ing his head shaved along­side his fa­ther’s for­mer col­leagues.

‘‘I’m sure he is look­ing down on us now with a big smile on his face.’’

Alex Nash, Can­Teen youth sup­port co­or­di­na­tor, said the do­na­tion had met her fundrais­ing tar­get for 2017 which would now al­low her to con­cen­trate on work­ing with youth liv­ing with can­cer.

‘‘It ab­so­lutely blew my mind ac­tu­ally,’’ Nash said.

The teenagers deal­ing with can­cer re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated what the po­lice had done to raise money for them, she said.

‘‘I think that they are just amazed by the sup­port that is out there for them.’’


Taranaki area com­man­der In­spec­tor Keith Bor­rell has his head shaved to sup­port Can­teen Taranaki.

Taranaki po­lice of­fi­cers and sup­port staff pose for a pic­ture with hair­dressers and teenage can­cer suf­fer­ers af­ter a mass head shav­ing at Cen­tre City.

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