From blue to bald for a good cause

Shave for a Cure is Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand’s (LBC) annual signature fundraising event. This year, a local Pokeno Early Childhood Education teacher will be parting with her fun blue locks to raise $1000 for LBC.  Heather Watson works at Suits and Gumboots Country Daycare in Pokeno and on 21 March she’ll be braving the clippers for this worthwhile cause.

While she has been thinking about doing Shave for a Cure for years, she was galvanised into action this year after seeing their ads on tv. Her boss has been very supportive and was eager to get on board.
In support of their shavee, the children from Suits and Gumboots Country Daycare will be holding a “crazy hair day” on Wednesday 21 March. Kids and staff will be able to sport their creative hairdos, whether they be wild ‘n wacky styles, crazy colours or funky accessories and parents can contribute with a gold-coin donation. Heather said that one of the teachers will probably ‘do the honours’, using clippers and not scissors so that the children won’t be tempted to cut their own hair. Some of her family may pop in to watch the event which is set to take place around 1pm.
Heather has worn her hair in various shades of blue and green for about a year now and finds the fun colours “break the ice” with the children. While the little ones love her blue hair and happily point out the different colours, she said that she has been trying to prepare them for the change. Explaining that she’ll soon be bald and have no hair. Their quirky response—”what, like my Dad?”

Over the last 16 years, thousands of Kiwis have gone bald to raise money to support the estimated 21,000 New Zealanders living with a blood cancer or a related blood condition.  According to LBC, six Kiwis are diagnosed with blood cancer or a related condition every day and Shave for a Cure is a way to show solidarity with blood cancer patients as well as raise much-needed funds.

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