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BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 12:50 14/12/2012
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HAIR TODAY: Gore locals Brenda Regan, left, and Tracee Christie hold on to their hair before getting the chop for charity.

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Quite short - but not bald - will be the new look for three Gore locals.

Local lady Tracee Christie, her son Connar Christie, and friend Brenda Regan have committed to lopping off their locks in a bid to raise money for a Mataura boy with a rare genetic condition.

Ten-year-old Jadyn Barton is New Zealand's only diagnosed sufferer from Ataxia Telangiectasia, affecting the parts of the brain responsible for speech, balance, and immunity.

Wheelchair-bound Jadyn wishes to attend a specialised AT clinic in Australia next year, which could help improve issues with balance and mobility, as well as enhancing overall quality of life.

However, the cost of the clinic is more than $10,000, not including flights and accommodation.

This is where super aunt Tracee, cousin Connar and friend Brenda step in.

The trio are shaving their hair down to a number 4 style in a fundraising effort to help combat some of Jadyn's costs.

They hope to raise about $1500 - the cost of one day at the AT clinic, Mrs Christie says.

"We're not at the target yet, (but) it wouldn't matter if we only got $200, it all goes to a good cause and we just wanted to help."

The dramatic chop is scheduled for Saturday, December 15.

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