Gisborne mother and daughter be brave and shave

Donna and Takitah with their hairdresser. Photo: Joe Mastroianni

A Gisborne girl and her mum lost their locks as part of the popular World’s Greatest Shave fundraiser last week.

The pair created quite a buzz when they shaved their heads at the grounds of Gisborne Secondary College. The college supported their cause by holding a ‘crazy hair’ fundraiser.

Donna Macdonald said her 12-year-old daughter Takitah had always wanted to participate in the World’s Greatest Shave but decided to do it after her grandfather was diagnosed with cancer last year.

Prior to the cut, Takitah raised almost $900 for the Leukaemia Foundation going from door-to-door in her Gisborne neighbourhood.

A hairdresser attended Gisborne Secondary College last Thursday to shave the heads of the mother and daughter.

Mrs Macdonald said the school organised a ‘crazy hair’ fundraiser in its junior unit to accompany the event, with participating year 7 and 8 students donating a gold coin to the cause. Mrs Macdonald said she only decided two days before the event to lob off her own locks as an offer of support for Takitah.

“I’m so proud of her,” Mrs Macdonald said.

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