Kids shave hair in support of friend
Harry Maine and his best friend Ketah Bevan reckon they look like twins now.
Ketah, 5, was one of 25 students and three adults at Wellington's Khandallah School to take part in a "Fun-razor" today, shaving his head for the Child Cancer Foundation.
He was doing it in support of Harry, five, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in January this year.
Harry wears a necklace of 288 beads, each representing a different stage of his treatment, which will continue over the next three-and-a-half years. He lost his hair during chemotherapy.
The friends, who have been inseparable since they were three, shared a hug after Ketah had his head shaved. Harry said he thought it looked "good".
There were plenty more cheers, high-fives and head-rubs as other members of the Fun-razor team revealed their new bald styles.
Travys McClay, eight, said it was "a little bit exciting".
"This is the first time I've ever had a bald head."
Anna Praill, 10, was unfazed by losing her locks.
"It's kind of scary, but it's not scary because you know it's all for a good thing.
"You're not giving away your left leg, it's going to grow back."
At last count, the school had raised more than $21,000 for the cause.
Acting principal Warwick Austin said it was the first time the school had gotten involved in the event and he was delighted with the amount raised for the Child Cancer Foundation.
"It's wonderfully exciting and rewarding to think this has been generated from a school initiative."
Child Cancer Foundation fundraising and business development manager Scott Lancaster said Khandallah School's event was one of the largest community-organised Fun-razors in the Wellington region.