$70,000 locked in for charity

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Now you see it . . .  and now you don’t

by Claire Allison

A fundraising event that was nearly canned this year raised about $70,000 – double the previous record set more than six years ago.

The Child Cancer head-shaving event held in Timaru on Sunday is the only FunRazor event still operating in the South Island, and South Canterbury branch chairman Jono Martin said the organising committee had seriously discussed canning it this year.

“We talked about whether we were going to have it, whether we canned it, do we change it?

“We raised $10,000 last year, and decided that if we could get $15,000 this year, maybe it’s still viable, maybe we can go from there. And we raised just over $70,000.

“So we’ll definitely do it next year, but it might be a bit hard to beat that total.”

Green for go . . . Timaru District Council staff member Kurt Hayward prepares to lose his curls at the event. PHOTO: JONO MARTIN

Mr Martin said the biggest factors in the success of the day were the involvement of fundraisers Mark Bower and Ash Ronald, giving people the option to “save” their hair, as well as shave it, and making the event a family fun day, with face-painting, market stalls and a kids’ corner, plus silent and live auctions.

“Saver” Leanne Williamson raised $2500 in pledges to save her hair, and $5000 through an auction of 40 donated artworks.

Funds raised will be donated to the Child Cancer Foundation, which aims to reduce the impact of cancer by providing practical and emotional support to children with cancer, and their families.

At any given time the foundation is assisting more than 500 families nationally, offering support in hospital, at home and in the community.

The Child Cancer branch in Timaru is a volunteer-based branch, with eight members on the committee and many volunteers, who are currently supporting about 15 families in South Canterbury.