College – Issue 39

COMMUNITY & SERVICE Shave for a cure – buzz cuts all round

The Assembly Hall became a barber shop on Thursday 17 September, cascades of blonde, brunette, red and black shorn from 70 willing boys – and raising more than $61,000 in the process.

Shave for a Cure was a fundraiser for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand and has been supported by College boys for several years. Head of Service Joshua Mortensen said the backing this time was unprecedented and indicated the huge interest the school had for the cause. Seventeen ARA Institute of Canterbury apprentice barbers did the job, giving buzz cuts all round as the boys queued to lose their locks. Jen and Melike, two Level 4 barbers on the course, said it was a privilege to shear the boys’ heads. “It’s a fantastic cause, and a great effort.” Jen vowed it was best to “go round the sides first” to execute a buzz cut; Melike found it better to go “once right over from the front to the back.” As the boys queued to be shorn in front of their mates, no one appeared to be having second thoughts. “Everyone’s done an amazing job getting sponsorship, and the guys are pretty committed,” said Angad Vraich as his own hair fell to the floor. Facial features change with the absence of hair; some boys liked the sensation of having a shaved head, others didn’t.

They said:

“I like the way it feels, but I don’t like the way it looks.” Assistant Principal Neil Porter grinned as his hair went west, his wife Debra videoing the event. “He normally has it short, and it was driving him nuts; he’d never had it so long,” she said. Neil was always going to be a starter. “As someone who lives with a form of leukaemia, I thought I

“It’s smooth and clean.”

“It feels really nice.”

“It’s cold.”

“It looks so weird.”

“My shadow has completely changed.” “I found a couple of scars I didn’t know I had.” “I can feel the wind and the sun on my head.”

Christ’s College Canterbury


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