Hair's a great cause

Photo by Andrew Ashton.
Photo by Andrew Ashton.
An Otematata schoolgirl will today donate her hair to be used as a wig for people suffering from leukaemia.

Waitaki Girls High School pupil Rebekah Cochrane (pictured) will have her flowing locks lopped off at a special event at the Otematata Hotel, in an effort to raise $1000 for Leukaemia and Cancer New Zealand.

The 17-year-old said she had been raising money for more than a month in memory of a family friend who died from cancer.

''It has impacted on my life a lot, but a lot of people have gone through the same thing, so I wanted to put something back for them.''

She was nervous ahead of tonight's head-shaving ceremony, and said the next time she saw her hair

it might be on someone else's head.

''My hair will be sent to Dunedin to be made into a wig for someone who needs it.''

People can support her fundraising efforts through the www.shaveforacure.co.nz website. So far she had raised $800 through sponsorship and online donations, she said.