Cropped Cops lose locks in cancer fundraiser
If the thought of losing your locks sends a shiver down your spine, spare a thought for teenagers affected by cancer.
That's the sentiment from Constable Sue Gregory, who next week will be one of 19 Palmerston North police officers to get their heads shaved in the name of fundraising.
Ms Gregory, 43, and the team – aptly named the Cropped Cops – will be going under the clippers next week.
In the meantime they are trying to raise as much money as possible to support CanTeen.
Ms Gregory said she had seen family members affected by cancer and said she was lucky to be able to make the choice to shave her head.
"I'm fit and healthy and I have a choice," she said.
"If there's something I can do for people who don't have a choice then I'm more than happy to do that."
Yesterday was the second of two sausage sizzles held at Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School in aid of the cause.
Ms Gregory is a youth education officer and spent a lot of time at the school.
The school's young fundraisers, the Leo club, organised the sausage sizzle to help her out and managed to raise more than $350.
Ms Gregory said for a lot of people their hair was their identity, and it was heartbreaking when they lost it and it was out of their control.
"People may judge you but I know why I'm doing it – for people who don't have a choice," she said.
"It's like anything else cosmetic. You've got to get past what you look like."
As the the Cropped Cops prepare to have their heads shaved a woman walking from Auckland to Christchurch to raise money for Canteen will also be passing through Palmerston North.
Sally Blackler hopes to raise $65,000 for Canteen when she begins her walk this month.
She is retracing the footsteps of her late husband Sergeant Nathan Blackler, a physical training instructor in the army, who raised $65,000 himself on a similar walk.
He was in remission from cancer at the time of his walk, but his cancer returned and he died in March 2007.
Ms Blackler would be walking from Awahuri to Palmerston North on Wednesday and would be accompanied by the Patriots motorcyclists for part of the walk, before watching the police head shave.
The Cropped Cops will have their heads shaved at 1.30pm on Wednesday outside Glassons in The Plaza.
To donate to the Cropped Cops, visit the CanTeen fundraising website, canfans.org.nz