Fallen locks assist fundraising

Staples Rodway accountant Daimon Stewart gets his head shaved by PA, Nancy Riddick, for a Canteen fundraiser.
Staples Rodway accountant Daimon Stewart gets his head shaved by PA, Nancy Riddick, for a Canteen fundraiser.

Two staff members of a New Plymouth accounting firm have launched the company's fundraising effort for young people living with cancer.

Staples Rodway Chartered Accountants had its first fundraising event for CanTeen yesterday which included a baking shout and the shaving of associate Daimon Stewart's head.

The firm has raised $1252 for CanTeen through donations from staff.

Mr Stewart continued to smile amidst bursts of laughter from his colleagues as his hair fell to the floor.

"We'll charge a gold coin donation for a rub," he said.

Abby Tebbutt, organiser of the initiative alongside Mr Stewart, said the unique approach CanTeen took in giving young people leadership appealed to them.

She said Staples Rodway employees helped out by offering training and expertise to local CanTeen staff and members, assisting them with the financial side of running a branch.

"It's not only the fundraising but mentoring and helping with financial skills."

She said the event was first of many on the calendar for the firm.

"This gets everyone into the swing of things, we're building events up as we go.

"Next year we're rolling out more fundraising initiatives."

Liaison co-ordinator at CanTeen New Zealand Lauree Tito said the effort put in by Ms Tebbutt and Mr Stewart and the support from the whole firm was wonderful.

"This is just a small amount of what they are doing. From our perspective it's really rewarding."

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