Purple hair for grounds manager

00:18, Jan 31 2014
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Rugby Southland grounds manager Russell Thomas preparing to change his hair colour for Relay For Life.

A radical change to 53-year-old Russell Thomas' hair hopes to do more than just turn heads. 

The Rugby Southland grounds manager has dyed his hair bright purple to raise awareness for this year's Relay For Life.

In preparation for the colour change, Mr Thomas grew his hair for nine weeks. 

''I am nervous. I don't know why. I've never had my hair dyed before,'' he said. 

Not only will Mr Thomas sport purple hair but he will be offering two hours of service from February 17 to 28 to any Southland business in exchange for $100 donation to the charity. 

''My services could range from shoe polisher to a labourer.'' 

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He had originally hoped to spend the entire month of February offering services but a hip replacement scheduled for early February altered plans. 

He had not copped any flak from his bold idea, but rather a great deal of support - ''everyone thinks it's a brilliant idea''. 

Relay For Life is held biennially as a way to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those lost to cancer and fight back by raising funds for the Cancer Society. 

This year's relay will be held on March 1 and 2 at Rugby Park.

The Southland Times