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A teacher gets made over in the name of charity.
He says it's just a haircut he wasn't expecting. But for kindergarten teacher Tahu Loper, shaving his hair off is really about looking out for whānau.
It's such an important thing for him that he ended up in a tutu and fairy wings, getting a makeover as well as a haircut.
He set a challenge to people to meet a target of $500, at which stage he'd get the chop. That was soon surpassed, and when it reached more than $750, Tahu promised the kindy kids they'd also get to make him over with makeup of their choice. At $1000, the tutu and fairy wings entered the picture...
Down in Oamaru, Annaka doesn't understand too much about her grand-uncle's pledge for her, but her mother and father are pretty chuffed.
Tahu's six-year-old son however, is not so pleased about Dad having no hair.
"I've told him we'll all be bald one day, it runs in the family," Tahu says.
ABOVE: Tahu before and during the 'shaving'.
BELOW: The end result, complete with added feathers. The children were delighted to be part of the face painting and cutting off Tahu's hair.
Kidsfirst is connected to the neighourhoods where our kindergartens are based, to the people and the friends, family and whānau we come in contact with. But it's not all about what we get from those connections, sometimes, as in this case, it's about our people also giving back.
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.
Recent times in Canterbury/Westland have proven how connected kindy is to the community.
Kidsfirst Rutland St kindy teacher Tahu Loper sought support, in his bid to make a difference for children with leukaemia and cancer.
He says the response has been overwhelming.
"It's been so positive, and humbling. The kindergarten whānau have been amazing, they've rallied around their relatives everywhere around the country. Leukaemia and child cancer are things that all families think about, its pretty close to home."
You can donate to Tahu by clicking here
• For ten years, Shave for a Cure has been helping kiwi kids with a blood cancer or related condition.
• Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) is the national charity that benefits from the fundraising.
• LBC receives no government funding.
• In 2013 the challenge was to get 10,000 people shaving in a mass expression of solidarity.