by George Clark
Cancer New Zealand is hosting its annual Shave for A Cure fundraiser to raise money for those living with blood cancers in New Zealand.
The fundraiser calls on New Zealanders to shave their heads and last week, Timaru’s Deb Walker shaved her head to remember her late cousin Keil Butt, who lost his battle with leukaemia and also to support a young man in Timaru, Lucas McLean, who was diagnosed in 2017.
Ms Walker shaved for a cure at Cocoon Hair Design last Wednesday and believes it will be a one-off, “although with the positive comments, I may keep my hair short now”.
“I feel so proud of doing this small thing for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand and am humbled by the support and amount of money raised. Family in England, friends and people I do not know have been so generous.”
This is not the first time Deb has raised money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer.
“The main reason I did this was in the memory of my dear cousin Keil, in Guernsey, who lost his battle against leukaemia. I climbed the Sky Tower twice as a volunteer firefighter with Temuka firemen and helped fundraise a further two years when other members of the brigade did the climb.”
Ms Walker hopes her efforts will inspire others to join her fight for life.