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Hair for it...Waikaka pupils from left, Juliana Hastie (13), Jimmy Paterson (6), Ollie Paterson (10), Quinn Byars (5), Jessica Cleland (8), and Jacko Gardyne (8) dress up for Wig Wednesday last week.

A hair-raising situation caused some pupils’ locks to stand on end at Waikaka School last week.

Children and teachers came to school in bright wigs and styled their hair in wacky ways to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Principal Bronwyn McCall said the school community had supported the foundation for about four years.

“There was a relief teacher whose child was very unwell with cancer, which inspired us to get behind it,” Miss McCall said.

Although he was now doing well, cancer was a disease that left scars in the community.

“We all know someone touched by cancer.”

Pupils gave a donation which would be sent to the foundation.

“We accept any amount.

“It’s about thinking about other people more than the money.”

It was important to pay attention to issues other people could be going through and help out wherever possible, she said.

“We do it to raise awareness in our own children about how lucky they are.”

The pupils entered into the spirit of the day.

“They love it.”

“They love arriving at school and seeing what other kids and teachers are doing.”

Glenham School pupils and teachers also lent their support to Wig Wednesday.

Principal Cheryl White said the day was about children helping other children.

“Glenham School is a small school with a big heart,” Ms White said.

“We have a school roll of 13 [pupils] and raised $80 for child cancer.

“Not a bad effort for such a little school.”