As said at her head shaving ceremony, Hazel McMillan is set to become an inspiration leader one day.
On Saturday 11 November, in front of several hundred supporters and loved ones, Tuakau’s Hazel lopped her locks and donated her hair to be made into a wig.
Thanks to the support and generosity from the community and local Franklin businesses, Hazel was able to raise a further $2500 on the night through raffles and an auction at the Tuakau Cosmopolitan, bringing her total to over $12,000.
Sue Buevink, Community Fundraising Coordinator the Cancer Society, was also attended the evening and had a surprise to present to Hazel.
Unknown to the Harrisville School student, she was the top national individual fundraiser for Brave the Shave campaign this year.
“It was a real privilege to attend the Brave the Shave event at the Tuakau Cosmopolitan Club and be able to present the ‘top fundraiser’ award to Hazel. She is an inspiring young lady and she organised an awesome fundraising campaign for someone so young,” said Sue.
With the aim of $5000 in her mind, Hazel had no idea that her total would double when it came time to shave her head.
“I didn’t expect it to get so big, or to raise that amount of money,” said Hazel.
“Shaving your hair is an incredibly powerful way to show your support for someone undergoing cancer treatment and the funds raised and the donated hair will make a huge difference in the lives of people with cancer,” said Sue.
Hazel’s selfless act has also encouraged others to take up the cause.
“When we shared the pictures on our Facebook page, several other people have been inspired to take up the challenge too! Cancer Society does not receive any government funding for the services we provide and are wholly reliant on community support, so a big thanks again to Hazel and the Tuakau community,” said Sue.