Headshavers not put off

Hair today . . . SOHS maths teacher Kate Taiaroa gently snips a lock of hair from the head of her niece Emma Taiaroa, (18), of Christchurch, during their personal Shave for a Cure event, held at South Otago High School last week after the school's own event was cancelled. Also losing her locks was the school's other maths teacher, Alison Adams. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE


It was sad but in response to Covid-19 guidance provided by the Ministry of Education, South Otago High School had to cancel its annual Shave for a Cure event last week.

Staff said this popular event would have drawn a lot of pupils into the assembly hall to take turns trimming their friends’ hair, all in the name of charity.

However, SOHS maths teacher Kate Taiaroa, who has her own fundraising page for cancer, decided to go ahead with her plan to shave her own head, in solidarity with all New Zealanders who are living with cancer, including her father.

Watched by staff members at the school, Ms Taiaroa was joined by her niece, Emma Taiaroa (18), of Christchurch, and fellow maths teacher Alison Adams as they all submitted their locks to the attention of Aleisha Garside, a hairdresser at Trimmers in Balclutha and a dab hand with the shears.

“I feel very strange having no fringe but it was all in a good cause,” Kate Taiaroa said.

Shave for a Cure is Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand’s signature annual fundraising event.

Over the past 15 years, thousands of Kiwis have fundraised, organised shaves and shorn their locks for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC).

LBC is the national charity dedicated to supporting patients and their families living with a blood cancer or a related blood condition.

LBC receives no government funding and seeks the public’s help to continue to fund its core services support programmes, research, information, awareness and advocacy.