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Bald move . . . Looking forward to the hair raiser fundraiser are Julie King (left) and Elaine Scott. PHOTO: VALU MAKA

Hair today and gone tomorrow — Julie King will be shaving her locks on Saturday as a way of supporting children with diabetes.

The hair raiser fundraiser will be staged at St Andrew’s Church hall at 1pm.

She was looking forward to the event, she said.

“I know it will bring awareness for children who have diabetes and their families.”

The disease was brought to her attention as a teacher.

“One of the kids came up to me during the fruit break and really quietly said, “I’m diabetic, can I go to the office?'”

Diabetes would affect the life of a child differently than the way it affected an adult, she said.

“It is a day-to-day thing but people don’t think about the effects it could have, not only with the child, but with their families and schools.”

At the event there will be a diabetic field officer if people wanted to get tested, she said.

“If we can have one family’s mind put to rest on whether their child has diabetes or not, then we have done our job.”

Former Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker would be the special guest.

“He was diagnosed with diabetes in his teenage years and when I heard him talk at a conference, I was inspired.

“So we feel honoured that he will be in attendance.”

She acknowledged the work and efforts of the Gore Hokonui Lions Club and the Hokonui Community Markets.

Gore Hokonui Lions Club subcommittee convener Elaine Scott said plans for the event were running smoothly.

“We started in late October and the support we have received from the community has been exceptional.”

Some of the donations for the fundraiser had come from Queenstown and as far north as Auckland, she said.

“From the success that it [the fundraiser] is already looking to be, I know it will also display the camaraderie of the club and the community.”