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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, March 6, 2013 --- 5 120883 120900 By Rebecca Gardiner A TEENAGER’S crazy mop of curly locks is about to get chopped for a good cause. Zach Denvir isn’t a fan of hair- cuts and hasn’t seen the inside of a barbershop or hairdressing salon for more than a year. The Pakuranga College student doesn’t do things by halves though, stunning his family and friends recently by his decision to have his head shaved for cancer research. Zach is taking part in Shave for a Cure, the annual campaign raising money for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC). “Dad just looked at me like I’d gone mad,” he says. “My friends were kind of shocked too, like ‘you can’t be serious’.” The 14-year-old is going under the razor at Howick’s Off The Fringe Organic Hair Studio on March 8. “My hair’s not usually this long,” he says. “I just haven’t got it cut for a while. I thought, what’s the point if I’m going to have it all cut off.” A close friend of one of Zach’s cousins lost his life to leukaemia at the age of 12, which is why the teen is keen to play his part in Shaving for a Cure. “Last year, my school did a big event where 15 of the year 13s all had their heads shaved. “I thought I might do something. It would be nice to set the bar for the rest of the people my age at school. Kind of like, ‘I’ve done this, what are you going to do’?” The year 10 student’s original fundraising goal was $500, but since he’s already passed that he’s hoping to break the $1000 mark. “I have my party popper ready for the $1000,” he jokes. “Instead of using shampoo, I’ll be using sunscreen on my head.” Zach says more peo- ple should consider rais- ing money for cancer research by having their heads shaved. “It’s a very personal decision to make. If you want to do it, you need to kind of make a leap of faith. “If you get enough money, there will eventually be a cure.” His mum Nicky told the Times she’s proud of her son, adding that he has always shown empathy to others. “He said to me, ‘it’s only hair and it will grow back’. It shows he’s got a bit of depth and that he’s really conﬁdent in himself.” Joining Zach for the big chop at Off The Fringe on Elliot Street is 10-year-old Blake Jackson. The Sunnyhills School pupil is also having his head shorn to raise money for LBC. “We decided we’d join in [with Zach] and make it twice the event,” says Blake’s mum, Belinda. “He’s wanted to do it for a cou- ple of years and was talking about it over Christmas. “We’ve had a friend who’s gone through cancer and at school one of Blake’s fellow students has leukaemia. He’s a really caring chap.” To support Zach Denvir or Blake Jackson’s fundraising efforts, log on to www.shaveforacure.co.nz and search for them by name. Zach Denvir, 14, is shaving his head to raise money for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand. Times photo Wayne Martin Cutting locks for charity Blake Jackson Libby Osborn SHAVE FOR A CURE New do for schoolgirl EAST Aucklanders of all ages are going under the razor to raise money for cancer research.. Libby Osborne, of Saint Kentigern College, is among those taking the plunge in Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand's Shave for a Cure campaign. The 16-year-old is having her head shaved to a number three haircut at Howick's Rices Mall on March 9 at 11.30am. "This event is a way to fundraise for an amazing charity, as well as experience one aspect of what cancer patients have to go through," says Libby, who wants to collect $2000 for the cause. "There are two students in my year at school who have lost their hair due to chemo. "I know it must have been hard for them to lose such a major physical feature at an age where judgments are harsher about your appearance than your personality. "I want them to understand their personality makes them beautiful, not the length of their hair." Howick hairdresser Nicky Garner is also doing her bit by going where many women fear to tread. "I've decided I'm going ahead with having my head shaved for charity," she says. "I've thought about it for a few years, but have done other things to raise money for cancer research. This year, I'm going to go for it." She's getting the March 16 during m day at Macleans Pr which her daughte attends. To support Libby Osborne and Nicky Garner's fundraising, visit www. shaveforacure. co.nz and search for them by name.
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