Brave gesture for good cause

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Shaving her hair off didn’t bother Kelly Harvey yesterday afternoon, though she did admit having a buzz-cut was a weird feeling.

“I’m not too phased really, I was pretty excited this morning,” Ms Harvey said.

Ms Harvey’s brave effort to raise money for Breast Cancer coincided with Aoraki Polytechnic’s Pamper Yourself for Spring annual fundraiser yesterday.

Cancer’s a disease that affects everyone and shaving her head to raise money for Breast Cancer Foundation was something she’d always been interested in doing.

The former Aoraki Polytechnic student, lost her grandmother to breast cancer, at just age 50, and her aunt had a brush with it as well.

“I’ve raised over $1000 now, so I’m pretty excited about that,” she said.

Ms Harvey’s good friend April Coutts, who had her own scare with bone marrow cancer at just age 17, said it was an “honour” to shave her head.

Aoraki Polytech’s Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser saw students giving La Clinica facials and 30 minute manicures at the Oamaru campus with all money going to the North Otago Breast Cancer Foundation.

Yesterday they raised about $830 which Oamaru Campus manager Liz Smillie said was “amazing” for just one day.

Tutor Jennie Jenkinson said she was incredibly proud of her students for their efforts yesterday, which went beyond beauty treatments to cupcake decorating.

“The students are outstanding, all of them, they work so hard. There has been great support from the community, too, and that’s what we need,” she said.

By Rebecca Ryan