Adam’s shave for seven

BEFORE AND AFTER: Adam Rapson shaved his head to raise money for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.

A Lemonwood Grove School pupil who raised more than $1200 for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand was motivated to do something after losing several relatives to cancer.

Adam Rapson, 12, grew his hair for a year before having it shaved off at school recently. He also raised donations through a crazy hair and mufti-day he staged on the same day, with pupils giving a gold coin donation.

Adam and some teachers judged the crazy hair with prizes for categories like best mohawk and most colourful hair. The winners got to shave part of Adam’s head as part of their prize.

He came up with the idea a year ago to honour the memory of loved ones lost to cancer.

Over the last 10 years he has known seven people with or who have succumbed to cancer. Two of his great grandfathers, a grandmother and a great grandmother had died of cancer. His great, great aunt and his friend’s mother were currently suffering from the disease.

By the time the day of the head shave came around Adam had grown his hair almost down to his chin and had become attached to the look.

However, his mother Stacey Edlin said he had declined the suggestion that he could just get it cut short instead of shaved.

“Adam had said it was really important to him that it be right down to the skin because people who go through cancer treatment lose their hair and that was the whole reason he was doing it,” she said.

“He has got quite a big heart for a young boy.”

He had done the bulk of organising himself.

Having started with a goal of $500, Adam said he was surprised to have raised so much money.

“I’m pretty excited about how it all turned out,” he said.

It was pretty cold with his head shaved and he was looking forward to his hair growing
back.