Friend inspires girl's child cancer campaign

Six-year-old shaves head for charity

PHIL BARNES
Last updated 09:31 04/07/2013
Jessica Collinson-Smith

STARTING YOUNG: Jessica Collinson-Smith has her hair shaved by teacher Kim Bidlake with her friend Emma Guyer who suffered a brain tumour last year.

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Six-year-old Jessica Collinson-Smith raised an impressive $2740 for the Child Cancer Foundation when she had her hair shaved off at Hampden Street School's assembly last Friday.

Jessica raised $440 through her school and a further $2030 through a combination of friends at St Stephen's Church in Tahunanui, which she regularly attends with her family; by distributing flyers about her fundraising campaign around the district, and publicising the event via her mother Sarai's Facebook page.

Sarai said the school organised a Whacky Hair Day last Friday to support Jessica.

Her hair was then shaved off in front of the whole school by her big sister, Ocean, and Ocean's teacher, Kim Bidlake.

Sarai said Jessica made a speech in front of the school which brought tears to many people's eyes.

She also brought her friend Emma Guyer up on stage as it was Emma who inspired Jessica to fundraise for the Child Cancer Foundation because Emma suffered from a brain tumour last year. She has since recovered.

"The whole event went far better than anyone expected," Sarai said.

Jessica's website will remain open. To make a donation go to: fundraise online.co.nz/JessicaCollinson-Smith

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