Shaving for a cure

Last Saturday afternoon at 2 pm, one of the College's third-year Members, Thomas Powell, bravely had his locks shaved to raise funds for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer (LBC) New Zealand.

Shave for a Cure is LBC's signature fundraising event. To date, 1,501 shavees from across the country have whipped out the clippers and raised $983,972.

According to LBC's website, shaving is "an inspiring way to help fund research, and provide vital care and resources for the 2,500 people affected that LBC works with every year, and every dollar raised is another important step in the search for a cure."  Each day, six Kiwis are diagnosed with a blood cancer or related condition.

Before the shaving began on the sunny afternoon in the College's courtyard, Thomas recited a poem he had written specially for the event:

Hello my hairy friend

We have been together for a long time

We grew up together

I guess I could say you are a part of me

We have been through some woolly situations together

I guess you could say it was quite hairy

But recently I have noticed we have had a falling out

We are falling apart

It's time to cut you short

College Member Alex Dykes had the honour of using the clippers, in front of a good crowd of supporters. I think it was more difficult than he imagined, due to the thickness of Thomas' hair! Being the good sport he is, though, Thomas endured the slowness (and some pain) of the shaving with characteristic good natured humour, banter and wit.

Thomas Powell's Shave for a Cure, 28/9/19 — Image by: Josiah Bugden

Once Alex had completed the major part of the shave, Fellow Members Anika Durrheim and Liam Heath kindly finished the job and a new man was revealed.

Thomas Powell's Shave for a Cure, 28/9/19 — Image by: Josiah Bugden
Thomas Powell's Shave for a Cure, 28/9/19 — Image by: Josiah Bugden

As at the time of writing, Thomas' friends and family had donated $1,295, exceeding his $1,000 goal by 29.5%. Many of the donations were made by Members of St Margaret's College.

Thank you Thomas for your fantastic, brave and admirable effort for such a worthy cause. The new style also suits him really well.

(Story by the Master, Dr Charles Tustin)

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Posted: Friday October 4, 2019