Thursday, February 22, 2024

Students shave heads for cancer

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Pakuranga College student Lachlan Coyle holding up a lock of his hair. Times photo Wayne Martin

East Auckland students went to town with clippers on their friends’ hair last week to raise money for cancer.

Eight Kiwis are diagnosed each day with a blood cancer and there’s a strong chance they may lose hair through chemotherapy.

On Friday, 14 Pakuranga College students and two teachers committed to removing their lush locks from their scalps in solidarity for those living with blood cancer and to fundraise for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBCNZ).

Student barber Joshua Jackson (JJ) participated in the cutting and cleanup.

The occasion was orgnised by the Student Service Council – three of whom had their heads shaved.

Shave for a Cure 2022 is a nationwide initiative that many school students, families and individuals take part in.

Students paid $5 to take part in shaving a head of a person of their choice, $2 to attend the show and $4 to wax off leg hair from willing participants. The students raised $771 during the lunchtime event.

Year 10 student Teagan Phipps raised $963 in donations for her head shaving. Friends Sasha Read and Felicity Dowden raised $590 and $505 respectively.

“We wanted to donate to a good cause,” Felicity says.

“More people should do it.”

Felicity, Teagan, Sasha and others who shaved their heads were a part of Pakuranga College’s Shave for a Cure fundraising page, which has so far raised $5329.

Teagan told the Times that, while she is nervous about chopping off her hair, she has a beanie in preparation.

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