Three selfless people stepped up to chop their locks to raise funds for Camp Quality New Zealand this month.
Kristi Hiles, Trevahn Larkins and Angus Whale, from Carterton School, sat on a stage while barber Oakland from Fadeaway in Masterton and Jayne Cayless volunteered their time and skills to make the hair cuts happen.
Trevahn and Angus had a full shave, while ‘Miss Hiles’ had her almost hip length hair cut up to her chin.
Carterton School pupils chanted their names and sang songs while the action happened, while also participating in a Wacky Hair Day, raising more money for the cause.
Camp Quality NZ is a volunteer charitable trust dedicated to running camps where “fun, friendship and a can-do culture inspire children living with cancer to overcome the challenges cancer brings”.
Trevahn decided to participate as his nan has battled cancer.
“I felt amazing doing it, the kura was cheering me on and I knew I was doing something good. It was probably the best thing I have ever done and I would 100 per cent do it again,” he said.
Angus decided to shave his hair off as he knows what it is like to miss out on special things because of health issues.
“I broke my leg at school this year playing sports and have had to miss out on camps and other fun sporting activities in my last year of primary school. I was in a cast and now a moon boot,” he said.
“These kids that attend this awesome camp have had even more challenges and I want them to just be able to be kids and have fun.”
Miss Hiles’ nephew, Tane, was diagnosed with cancer and has undergone several surgeries to remove it.
“I am so happy to be able to give back to Camp Quality. I even found out after I signed up to be part of the fundraiser that Tane would be going to Camp Quality too. It definitely has felt like the right thing to do.”
The Carterton School team’s Give-A-Little page is still accepting donations. They are aiming to raise at least $3000. The page is https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/shave-for-camp-quality.