Waxing all in the name of charity

HELEN HARVEY
Last updated 05:00 08/07/2014
Lionel Pene

THAT HURT: Inglewood rugby player Lionel Pene had his head and one of his eyebrows waxed on Saturday night, to raise money for the Little Fighters Charitable Trust.

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Lionel Pene took one for the team when he got his head and an eyebrow waxed for a good cause.

The Little Fighters Charitable Trust held a Waxin' for Jackson fundraiser at Inglewood's TET Stadium on Saturday.

The event was in memory of Jackson West, who was born with acute myeloid leukaemia and died aged just 21 months in December 2011

Pene, 21, who plays for the Inglewood Rugby Club, was quite happy when his head was being shaved, but jumped up and down when his eyebrow came off.

It hurt a wee bit, he said.

Mrs Brown, aka Morris West, had his legs waxed for the charity.

His painful cries had just been for show, he said. "It wasn't as bad as I expected." "Mrs Brown" compered the event.

Little Fighters Charity Trust chairman Darrin West said he would be happy if the day raised $5000.

The all-day event included raffles, face painting, a collection at the Inglewood v New Plymouth Old Boys rugby game, and finished with the waxing.

Outlining the work of the trust, Darrin West said last week a family needed to get to Auckland for treatment, but their car didn't have a warrant of fitness.

So the trust paid $700 to make sure they could get to Auckland in a safe car, he said. "We're not tied to giving funding grants. We can do anything if a family really needs help."

After his son died he wanted to do something to help other families dealing with health issues.

There were charities such as the Child Cancer Foundation and the Heart Foundation, but some illnesses fell between the cracks.

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