Teachers Shave For A Cure


On March, 20th Rolleston College students were buzzing with the fact that four of the Schools’ staff members were about to take part in ‘Shave for a Cure’.

Matt Nicoll, Nathan Scott, Huirua Emery, and Mel Evans, joined hundreds of freshly-shaven heads that will be out in force throughout March as Kiwis banish their bad hair days for good to Shave for a Cure!

The annual week which has seen thousands of Kiwis go bald over the last sixteen years officially took place from March, 19th to 25th. Brave ‘shavees’ have been busy raising money to support the estimated 21,000 New Zealanders living with a blood cancer, or related blood condition.

Last year close to 2,000 individuals, businesses, schools, and community groups shaved raising over $1.25 million for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC).

Rolleston College’s fundraising drive was organised by Matt with the aim of raising $2,000.

At the time of going to print, the learners and staff had raised just over $1,000.

The 2018 fundraising target for Shave for a Cure is $1.2 million. LBC receives no Government funding and Shave for a Cure funds their work supporting New Zealand families living with a blood cancer or related condition.

LBC’s services include personalised patient support, funding for research – including the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Research Unit at the University of Auckland, providing information, running awareness programmes and advocating on behalf of patients.

“It is super exciting to see how many people have signed up to Shave in 2018. To see people getting involved simply to help people living with blood cancer is always so lovely to see and we’re very appreciative,” said Pru Etcheverry, Leukaemia, and Blood Cancer New Zealand’s CEO.

If anyone from the community wishes to support Rolleston College they are still accepting donations on their fundraising page.

 See Rolleston College’s Facebook page for the link to their Shave for a Cure donations page link.