Three purple candles, two drastic haircuts and one sausage sizzle kicked off Cancer Society Marlborough's Relay For Life campaign at The Forum yesterday.
A small crowd of supporters showed up to cheer on Blenheim woman Erin Cresswell and her 10-year-old daughter Shannara Newlove who had promised to lose their lovely locks for the charity fundraiser.
Ms Cresswell decided to shave her head in a show of solidarity with cancer patients, while Shannara had her pony tail chopped off.
Ms Cresswell said she wasn't nervous but wasn't exactly looking forward to it.
"It's only hair," she said. "It will grow back, hopefully."
Afterwards, her head felt fuzzy and spiky, she said.
"I can feel the breeze, it's quite cold."
Shannara wanted to donate her hair to Freedom Wigs in Dunedin, which creates wigs for cancer patients who have lost their hair after having chemotherapy, Ms Cresswell said.
Cancer Society Marlborough Relay For Life co-ordinator Hilary Gill said 10 teams signed up at the launch.
They wanted 100 teams registered before the event on March 2-3 next year, Ms Gill said.
The 16-hour overnight relay would be held at the Giesen Sports and Events Centre in Renwick, she said.
"This is our first time having it out there, it is a fantastic venue so we are looking forward to that."
With teams ranging from 10 to 15 people, the relay was great for school groups or businesses, Ms Gill said. Entry is $20 per person, with all entry fees and funds raised going to the Cancer Society Marlborough.
For more information contact Cancer Society Marlborough on 03 579 4379.
- The Marlborough Express