Close shave for brave St Hildas fundraiser

Photos by Stephen Jaquiery.
Photos by Stephen Jaquiery.
"Let's do this."

Those were Lily Borren's final words before she handed herself over to two hairdressers during a special school assembly yesterday.

The St Hildas Collegiate pupil had her wavy mane shaved to raise money for the Otago Community Hospice.

"My grandfather passed away last year in the hospice. It's my way of saying thank you," she said.

So far, the 18-year-old has raised about $1500. She hoped to increase that total to $2000 as donations from fellow pupils and Dunedin businesses continued to roll in.

Despite admitting she was a "bit nervy" before the big chop, she wore a big smile when she entered assembly to a standing ovation.

The cut hair will be sold to a wig-maker.

Lily emerged from the hall to cries of: "You look amazing" and "Can I touch it?".

Hospice marketing co-ordinator Lyn Chapman said the gesture was "fantastic".

"To have someone of Lily's age wanting to do something which is totally out of her comfort zone is amazing."


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