Teen raises $10k in father's memory
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.
The Timaru Herald