Opaki School pupils Guinevere Eatwell, left, and Rose Larkin, both 12 after having their heads shaved on Sunday. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV
Two friends have braved a shave for cancer, in memory of a close family friend who lost her battle for cancer in May.
Aunty Sue Parfitt was a big part of Rose Larkin’s life.
So, it was tough when she and Rose’s mum were both diagnosed with cancer three years ago.
But it was even tougher when Aunty Sue lost her cancer battle.
Rose’s mum Sue Cherry said Rose had wanted to do something positive to show her love for her aunt, and so she decided to participate in Shave for a Cure.
The 12-year-old Opaki School pupil also wanted to donate her locks to be made into a wig for cancer sufferers, but her hair was not long enough.
That’s where her school friend Guinevere Eatwell, 12, decided to lend a hand and have her longer hair shaved off too.
Cherry said she was “immensely proud” of her daughter and Guinevere.
Rose said it was “scary” when she saw a clump of hair fall on the floor, but both girls said it was “really awesome” to do it together.
They were supported by school friends and family as their heads were shaved at Con Art in Masterton.
In the weeks leading up to the shave, Rose had raised $1792 to donate for cancer research.
Donations can still be made – search for Rose Larkin on shaveforacure.co.nz