Hair hair to willpower of teenager

16:00, Apr 01 2014
Will Osborne
HAIR TODAY: Waiheke High School student Will Osborne, 13, gets ready for the big shave on Friday night with friends Carlo Edwardes (left) and Jack Fletcher.

Waiheke High School teenager Will Osborne is showing his mettle by losing his locks for charity.

The 13-year old is taking on Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand's challenge to Shave for a Cure when many teens of his age shy away from standing out in a crowd.

But his reason is simple.

Will Osborne
NEW LOOK: Will Osborne’s haircut for charity.

His Western Australian cousin, Dylan, got acute promyelocytic leukaemia when he was a teenager and the family remember the long months of treatment.

"He survived," Will's mum Lynda Harper says.

"And three years ago we went to his wedding near Perth, where we came from before moving here."


Now Will and others in the family want to give something back to other sufferers.

He has raised more than $300 even without the shave but, with the deed done at the weekend thanks to New Generation's donation of a shaver, Will is hoping to raise a lot more.

"I didn't feel nervous. I knew it was for a good cause," Will says of the experience.

"Hopefully, I won't be mistaken for a girl now."

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