When Tarrin McRae decided to shave her head for leukaemia she got the whole community college in behind it too.
Tarrin, a retail student at Community College Nelson, has raised around $1000 for Leukaemia research through online funding and business donations. Her decision to shave her head has inspired other students to get behind the cause with some of her classmates even quitting smoking in support.
Tarrin’s mum, Rachel McRae says it was really important to Tarrin that people understood what all the fundraising was about.
“Six New Zealanders a day are diagnosed with a blood cancer,” she says.
Today Tarrin received a free 9mm shave at Solo Hairdressing surrounded by her coursemates.
Before the shave shave Tarrin had raised around $800 with the a challenge set by her mum to reach $1000.
“If she reached $1000 I’ll shave my hair too,” says Rachel.
During the shave another $200 came through bringing her mum into the challenge.
Tarrin says it’s not hard raising the money, it’s just about having the determination to go through with the shave.
“It’s not hard but it is really rewarding.”