Madi­son’s locks face the chop

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

Madi­son Doyle is blessed with a lux­u­ri­ant flam­ing cop­per­coloured head of hair.

It’s a rus­set crown the nineyear old year-5 pupil at Ash­hurst School is, how­ever, quite pre­pared to give up.

Madi­son plans to have her hair sheared dur­ing the Can­cer So­ci­ety’s an­nual Re­lay for Life 24-hour af­fir­ma­tion of the hu­man spirit on Sun­day March 13.

For the last six years, Madi­son’s mum, Jo Dunn has been a mem­ber of Re­lay team Mumgu’s Mum­bles Mil­ers, a group that fundraises in the mem­ory of Vicky Arnott who died from the dis­ease in July 2009.

‘‘Vicky, known as Mumgu to her grand­chil­dren, was a staunch cam­paigner for the Manawatu Can­cer So­ci­ety, sell­ing thou­sands of bears and co-or­di­nat­ing the Na­tional Bank con­tri­bu­tion to Daf­fodil Day for over 15 years,’’ Jo ex­plains.

The Na­tional Bank has since been sub­sumed into ANZ, which is now the prin­ci­pal spon­sor for Daf­fodil Day.

‘‘We are all walk­ing in the mem­ory of some­one who fought hard for quite a while be­fore she got tired. Mumgu’s Mum­bles Mil­ers is made up en­tirely of fam­ily and friends who wish to cel­e­brate Vicky’s life and con­tinue sup­port­ing the Can­cer So­ci­ety as she would have wished.

‘‘Since we be­gan re­lay­ing, we have lost many more lovely peo­ple to this re­volt­ing dis­ease, so we are re­lay­ing for them as well.’’

Madi­son has at­tended the Re­lay for Life event with her mum for sev­eral years, but this year she does so as a fully-fledged mem­ber of the team. Pledg­ing a head-shave, she has, since the be­gin­ning of Fe­bru­ary, raised over $300, but has set her­self the tar­get of reach­ing $1000.

While Jo ad­vised her on what to aim for, Madi­son is not en­tirely sure how she came up with the head-shave idea,

‘‘I don’t know re­ally. I just want to fundraise for my team and help peo­ple with can­cer.’’

Keen to give it a go last year,

‘‘I just want to fundraise for my team and help peo­ple with can­cer.’’ Madi­son Doyle

fam­ily cir­cum­stances put things on hold, but the main thing is that Madi­son, like her mum, wants to make a dif­fer­ence.

Along with the Mum­gus Mum­bles Mil­ers, Madi­son has cre­ated a Re­lay for Life do­na­tion page rflmanawatu2016.ev­ery­day­hero.com/nz/madi­son-is-shav­ing and thanks you very much in ad­vance. Her main­stage hair­cut is sched­uled for around 10am, Sun­day March 13.

PHOTO WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Madi­son Doyle has a burn­ing de­sire to make a con­tri­bu­tion to Re­lay for Life by chop­ping her flam­ing locks.

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