Losing her locks to raise cash for cancer research

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At just 10 years old, Allysa Curry is planning to do something not many people are brave enough to do –¬†shave her head.

The Pembroke School pupil has the full support of her school, which is holding a “teddy bear’s picnic” on Friday with pupils bringing a gold coin to help raise funds.

She will lose her long brown locks to raise funds for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.

Allysa is uncertain exactly who will cut here hair, which she said would take place at either her mother or father’s house.

“Mum is fine with me cutting it off, but it’s taken me eight years to convince Dad.”

While most 10-year-olds would hate having their hair removed, Allysa said she was looking forward to it.

“I am excited and will make sure I be brave, because I’m fundraising for a good cause.”

Allysa said her mother and friends were supporting her.

“They’re happy for me to do it.”

Her goal was to raise $500, which she has already achieved before the haircutting on Saturday and now she was just hoping people would donate.

So far she has raised $671.

Pembroke School principal Brent Godfrey said the school was proud of Allysa.

“She is a R.E.A.L kid and is one of the leaders at our school and doing this just shows one of the many values our school leaders follow.”

Allysa can be found on the Search for Shavee section of the “Shave for a Cure” website.

By Brayden Lindsay

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY – Ten-year-old Allysa Curry of Pembroke School has decided to shed her locks to raise funds for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand. Principal Brent Godfrey pretends to cut Allysa Curry’s hair ahead of her big shave on Saturday.