Much-loved locks to go
For years, Telford student Kimberley Thorn has dreamed about having long hair.
She is known among friends and family for loving her hair, and she reckons she has finally, after months of growing, reached the perfect length.
However, in two weeks, the 18-year-old will to shave it all off for charity.
Miss Thorn is one of thousands of New Zealanders participating in Shave Week, when participants deliberately lose their hair to raise money for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.
It is a brave move for someone with such a strong connection to their hair, but for Miss Thorn, another connection is more important.
When her aunty was diagnosed with blood cancer and prescribed a new drug which would make her lose her hair, Miss Thorn decided she would help out.
She signed up to do the ''crazy thing'' in honour of her aunty and has so far raised about $250.
In the beginning, Miss Thorn's friends and family, including her aunty, did not believe she would actually go through with the shave.
''When I said 'yes, yup, I'm doing it', [my aunty] said it brought her to tears a bit.
So that was a bit of a tear jerker for me, really,'' she said.
It will mean Miss Thorn will be bare-headed out on the farm in the lead-up to winter, but she is not too worried.
Since announcing her intentions, she has been inundated with beanies and bandannas.
''It'll be a bit of a shock at first.
''I'll keep a beanie on standby when I do it.
''The plan is I do it on Friday so I have a couple of days before I have to get back to class.''
Donations can be made online through Miss Thorn's Shave for a Cure page or in person before shave day.
Other Telford students and staff are welcome to shave their heads at the same time, and the public can come along in support.
The shave off will happen at the Telford campus at 2.30pm on March 14.
The Southland Times