If you happen to be out and about in West Otago this Wednesday, keep your hair on if every way you turn you see people wearing wigs.
As has been the case almost every year for the past five years, the small farming region will be turning out in force to support the Child Cancer Foundation’s Wig Wednesday, all because of one family.
Sarah Davies is the mother of Jock Davies, who suffered a recurring case of leukaemia from 2013 to 2018, and credits his recovery to help from the foundation.
Mrs Davies works at Blue Mountain College and organises the school’s Wig Wednesday fundraiser as a way to give back to the organisation.
“We love giving back to Child Cancer Foundation to help all those other families that find themselves on a journey that they never imagined,” Mrs Davies said.
“The fact that our community knows that it is a charity very dear to us means they continue to support it, too.”
The (socially-distanced) plans for this year’s Wig Wednesday were similar to in previous years, Child Cancer Foundation representative Harriet Keown said.
Local schools would be holding a mufti and wacky hair day, shops would be running fundraising raffles and a few of the staff at Blue Mountain College had already signed up to do a head shave, she said.
The head-shaving event would take place at the school during lunchtime from 1.35pm.