Crazy hairstyles support schoolmate

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Sporting a colourful mohawk wig and more than 1400 beads of courage, Blue Mountain College pupil Jock Davies was not the only one with a different look at school this week.
On ‘‘Wig Wednesday’’, pupils and staff wore wigs or created wacky hairstyles to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation.
The event was the foundation’s inaugural national event.
Many Eastern Southland schools have held wig or wacky hair days over the past two weeks.
Jock was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia in 2013.
He spent a year in the children’s oncology centre in Christchurch Hospital and was isolated for 149 days.
‘‘The chemo knocks out your immune system so you don’t have anything to fight infections,’’ Jock said.
He has received a ‘‘bead of courage’’ for each of the treatments he has endured.
He said it was great to see his schoolmates and teachers involved.
His mother, Sarah Davies, organised the event, which raised more than $1000.
‘‘It has been very humbling,’’ Mrs Davies said.
‘‘[It] makes you proud to live in a community like this,’’ she said.
Jock was the Child Cancer Foundation’s national ambassador last year,
Mrs Davies said the foundation had been a huge support.
‘‘It’s a small way of giving back to a foundation that’s very dear to our hearts.’’
Blue Mountain College principal Lindy Cavanagh-Monaghan said Jock spoke at school assembly on Monday about his experience.
She said the pupils were so overwhelmed by it ‘‘you could hear a pin drop’’.
She said Jock had overcome this adversity and now he was telling his story.
‘‘I just think that Jock is an inspiration because the whole way he’s maintained his courage through everything and his sense of humour,’’ Mrs Cavanagh-Monaghan said.