Luscious locks will be lost come June 20 when two Menzies College pupils will shave their hair to raise money for Shave for a Cure.
Shave for a Cure is Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand’s signature fundraising event and each year thousands of New Zealanders are sponsored to shave their heads in support of those living with blood cancer.
Year 12 pupils Willy Ranstead (17) and Kyle Gardyne (16) will be doing the shave for the first time and both are nervous as shave day approaches.
Willy said he would probably be more nervous if he was not doing it with Kyle.
“I’ve got someone there doing it with me and it gives more support.”
Willy said he had wanted to do Shave for a Cure for a while, but was put “in the deep end”. He was up for the position of house captain and Kyle had told the school if they voted for him he would shave his hair.
“I thought if I was going to shave my hair it might as well be for a good cause and Kyle jumped in too, because it was sort of because of him that I was doing it.”
Kyle said it was going to be weird having no hair, but they just wanted to raise awareness for a good cause.
“It will be weird to see everyone’s faces of what we look like afterward,” Kyle said.
Willy said the pair were known for their hair at school as he had long hair and Kyle’s hair was usually in a man bun.
“I’ve stocked up on hats – actually, I went on Hallensteins and stuff and bought a fair few,” Willy said.
The support for the shave had been good so far and they had received a few donations, Willy said.
“We’ve had heaps of support from people saying they’re proud of us and stuff, which is good and has been quite encouraging,” Willy said.
Those wanting to support the boys can go online to shaveforacure.co.nz and search for Red and Green Army.