Idea blossoms into novel fundraiser

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Menzies College pupil SophieLee Richardson (17) has been working hard to raise money for cancer patient Ethan Kitto-Smith (18) and his family.

The former Menzies College pupil is in Christchurch undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

On Friday, the college held a crazy hair day to raise money for him and his family.

SophieLee said she wanted to give everyone at Menzies College a chance to support Ethan’s family.

“It’s the Menzies way,” SophieLee said.

Her idea was to run a crazy hair day at Menzies College to raise money to go towards fuel and grocery vouchers for Ethan’s family.

“I wanted to do something more than just shave my head.

“It was something we hadn’t done before.”

SophieLee mentioned her idea to the teacher in charge of the community committee, Mark Kerslake, who helped organise it.

SophieLee was really impressed with how creative other pupils were with their crazy hair.

“One kid shaved part of his head to look like Dr Phil. I’m happy with how everyone got into it.”

During the lunch break there was judging for the crazy hair and SophieLee had her head shaved.

The school raised more than $500 for Ethan’s family.

Purple hair . . . Menzies College pupil Casey Antill (15) tied his hair up in little pigtails for crazy hair day. Creative . . . Menzies College pupils (from left) Sophie Greenem (13), Ana Turnbull (12) and Ellie-Mariz Sisley (12) got creative with their hair. PHOTO: LAURA SHIPLEY

SophieLee had also helped organise a quiz night to raise money for Ethan’s Givealittle page and Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.

The first quiz night on October 21 went really well and raised $404, SophieLee said.

Mr Kerslake said he was proud of what SophieLee had achieved.

“It’s about the community getting together and showing that even though he [Ethan] has left, he is still part of the community,” Mr Kerslake said.

SophieLee was the second pupil this year to shave her head, he said.

“Hopefully, some of the juniors will be inspired to do it in future years.”