Locks lopped for leukaemia

Jenny Bartlett’s purple head of hair was shaved by Leigh of East Coast Barbers.

The floor at the Mahurangi East Library was littered with hair last month as Snells Beach locals shaved to raise funds for leukaemia and blood cancer research.

Jenny Bartlett had her head shaved for the seventh time, and has now raised more than $30,000 as part of the Shave for a Cure events.  

An unintended benefit is that she only needs one haircut a year in between shaves.

“I’m not fit enough to run a marathon with a pack on to raise money, but I can shave,” she says.

The cause really hit home for Jenny following the fifth shave when her sister was unexpectedly diagnosed with leukaemia.

“It was the first time I had actually seen someone run their hands through their hair and just have it come out in their fingers.”

Jenny encourages more people to join the team and wants to set up a ‘shave sisters of Snells Beach’ group.

Jenny’s Facebook posts have inspired people as far off as Saudi Arabia. A school in Riyadh held a funky hair day and raised $8000 for the cause.


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