Jade waves good­bye to long locks

Eastern Courier - - News - By SI­MON SMITH

Twelve-year-old Jade Fair­weather has long hair to­day but it will be gone to­mor­row.

The Buck­lands Beach In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent’s head will be shaved bare to raise $1160 for Leukaemia & Blood Can­cer New Zealand.

She says her friends sup­port her par­tic­i­pa­tion in this year’s Shave for a Cure, but they wouldn’t do it them­selves.

‘‘Lots of peo­ple in my fam­ily have ei­ther died with can­cer or are liv­ing with can­cer, so I wanted to help out a bit.’’

Jade de­cided to shave her hair off for char­ity three weeks ago and since then spon­sor­ship has poured in.

‘‘My mum put it on her Face­book and my dad as well and all of their friends sent emails to all of their friends.’’

Her fa­ther David says Jade par­tic­i­pates rather than sits on the side­lines.

‘‘She’s in­de­pen­dent in her choices so when she de­cides to do some­thing she’s go­ing to go out and do it.’’

Her hair would take three years to grow back to its present 50cm length, he says.

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