Many close shaves - all for a good cause

Otago Boys' High School pupil Ted Brown (17) laughs as his head is shaved. Photo by Gregor...
Otago Boys' High School pupil Ted Brown (17) laughs as his head is shaved. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Otago Boys' High School maths teacher Patrick Bassin has his hair shaved off by pupils Hamish...
Otago Boys' High School maths teacher Patrick Bassin has his hair shaved off by pupils Hamish Lewis (17, left) and Ben Roth (17) on Wednesday. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Patrick Bassin. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Patrick Bassin. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Otago Boys' High School pupils and staff line up to have their heads shaved to raise funds for...
Otago Boys' High School pupils and staff line up to have their heads shaved to raise funds for Leukemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand on Wednesday. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Otago Girls' High School pupils Georgia Ryder (17) ...
Otago Girls' High School pupils Georgia Ryder (17) ...
Mikaela Preston (16) ...
Mikaela Preston (16) ...
Grace Davidson (17) ...
Grace Davidson (17) ...
Gabbie Norton-Poole (17) ...
Gabbie Norton-Poole (17) ...
Freya Duvall-Smith (17) ...
Freya Duvall-Smith (17) ...
and Calla Knudson-Hollebon (17) ...
and Calla Knudson-Hollebon (17) ...
have their hair removed  for Shave for a Cure in front of  about 800 people  at the school...
have their hair removed for Shave for a Cure in front of about 800 people at the school yesterday. Photos by Gerard O'Brien.
Constable Matt Davidson, of Dunedin police, has his hair shaved at Farmers  in Dunedin on...
Constable Matt Davidson, of Dunedin police, has his hair shaved at Farmers in Dunedin on Thursday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Const Davidson is pleased with his new look. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Const Davidson is pleased with his new look. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Amanda Turnbull, of Dunedin, gasps as she sees her new hairstyle at Farmers  on Thursday. Photo...
Amanda Turnbull, of Dunedin, gasps as she sees her new hairstyle at Farmers on Thursday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Student Merel Monteiro (18), of Dunedin, shows off her locks at Farmers  on Thursday. She then...
Student Merel Monteiro (18), of Dunedin, shows off her locks at Farmers on Thursday. She then holds up the first ponytail of hair which was cut off . . . and finally gets to grips with her new look. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Student Merel Monteiro (18), of Dunedin, shows off her locks at Farmers  on Thursday. She then...
Student Merel Monteiro (18), of Dunedin, shows off her locks at Farmers on Thursday. She then holds up the first ponytail of hair which was cut off . . . and finally gets to grips with her new look. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Student Merel Monteiro (18), of Dunedin, shows off her locks at Farmers  on Thursday. She then...
Student Merel Monteiro (18), of Dunedin, shows off her locks at Farmers on Thursday. She then holds up the first ponytail of hair which was cut off . . . and finally gets to grips with her new look. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Taieri College deputy head boy Bart Lind was one of about a dozen pupils from the school who had...
Taieri College deputy head boy Bart Lind was one of about a dozen pupils from the school who had their heads shaved on Wednesday. He was inspired to do so because his mother, Zoe Christian, died of breast cancer in 2009. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Janine Neill (in floral top) and Justine Farquhar, of the University of Otago department of...
Janine Neill (in floral top) and Justine Farquhar, of the University of Otago department of pathology, are united before and after having their heads shaved outside the pathology building in Great King St on Tuesday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Janine Neill (in floral top) and Justine Farquhar, of the University of Otago department of...
Janine Neill (in floral top) and Justine Farquhar, of the University of Otago department of pathology, are united before and after having their heads shaved outside the pathology building in Great King St on Tuesday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Sharon Rohtmets, of Dunedin, goes from long hair to no hair after her head was shaved at Farmers ...
Sharon Rohtmets, of Dunedin, goes from long hair to no hair after her head was shaved at Farmers on Thursday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Sharon Rohtmets, of Dunedin, goes from long hair to no hair after her head was shaved at Farmers ...
Sharon Rohtmets, of Dunedin, goes from long hair to no hair after her head was shaved at Farmers on Thursday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Sharon Rohtmets, of Dunedin, goes from long hair to no hair after her head was shaved at Farmers ...
Sharon Rohtmets, of Dunedin, goes from long hair to no hair after her head was shaved at Farmers on Thursday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Daniel Rumbal, of St John Dunedin, has a comb run through his hair mid-shave at Farmers  on...
Daniel Rumbal, of St John Dunedin, has a comb run through his hair mid-shave at Farmers on Thursday. He then feels his scalp. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Daniel Rumbal, of St John Dunedin, has a comb run through his hair mid-shave at Farmers  on...
Daniel Rumbal, of St John Dunedin, has a comb run through his hair mid-shave at Farmers on Thursday. He then feels his scalp. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

More than $25,000 was raised for leukaemia research as Dunedin residents parted with their hair and their cash this week.

Dozens of people in Dunedin had their hair shaved for Leukemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand's Shave for a Cure fundraiser.

Otago Boys' High School raised more than $12,000 and 42 pupils, seven staff and six hostel managers had their heads shaved at the school on Wednesday.

At Otago Girls' High School yesterday nine pupils and teacher Belinda Leckie had their heads shaved for the cause.

Ms Leckie arrived at the school to part with her locks despite a broken ankle as the occasion was ''too important to miss''.

Organiser and pupil Calla Knudson-Hollebon (17) said the school had raised more than $7000 for the charity.

''It's overwhelming. It's incredible the support we have received,'' Calla said.

''It's given us so much drive and motivation.''

She was nervous ahead of the shave and felt her new look would be ''very exposing''.

As the clippers went to work some laughed and others cried as their hair fell around their faces.

After having her head shaved pupil Georgia Ryder (17) described the experience as ''scary''.

Her heart was still pounding, but she felt ''good that I have done it''.

About $850,000 had been raised throughout New Zealand as at mid-afternoon yesterday.


Funds raised
Otago Boys' High School:
About $12,000.
Otago Girls' High School: More than $7000.
University of Otago department of pathology: More than $3100.
Farmers Trading Company: About $2500.
Taieri College: More than $1500.


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