Teen raises $10k in father's memory

ROSA STUDHOLME
Last updated 05:00 31/05/2012
Laura Robinson
FOR DAD: Timaru teen Laura Robinson has raised more than $10,000 for cancer charities after shaving off her hair in memory of her father. She is shown before the shave and just after.

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A brave Timaru teenager has raised more than $10,000 for cancer charities in memory of her father. Now she is encouraging others to take on the challenge.

Laura Robinson, a Craighead Diocesan student, had her hair shaved off last year in a fundraising event. She lost her father to cancer four years ago.

At the fundraiser, held last November at the Craighead auditorium, people were invited to cut off a lock of Laura's hair for $10.

"After shaving [my hair] off I realised just how judged and interrogated a cancer patient can feel. This journey has made me a lot more aware of those out there fighting this horrific battle," she said. The 15-year-old raised $10,400, with $5000 going to the local branch of the Cancer Society, $5000 to Child Cancer and $400 to a family whose child was diagnosed with cancer.

"At the beginning when I first made the decision to shave off my hair I didn't realise just how much encouragement I would get."

"The support has been absolutely overwhelming – I cannot thank everybody enough for this. It has been a great experience.

"I'm extremely glad I could do something to help other families going through the battle we did."

She urged people to keep donating to the foundations.

"And don't be afraid to take a challenge to help others. In the end it's all worth it."

She thanked the community for all its support.

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