Thursday, 03 December 2020


Volunteers urged to Brave the Shave at school’s Daffodil Day fundraiser

It’s shaping up to be an action-packed Daffodil Day at Mercury Bay Area School this year with what could be a long line of students ending the day with whole new look in a bid to raise funds for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society.

The school’s wellbeing leaders, Hannah Murphy and Summer Power, have stepped up to revive the school’s “Brave the Shave” event which was originally started by a former student whose mum was fighting cancer. “I took part in the event myself a couple of years ago, that’s why my hair is still pretty short,” says Hannah. “I thought it was such a great way to show support for the many people in our school and wider community who are impacted by cancer. Summer and I decided we wanted to bring it back and the whole student leadership team has gotten behind us to help make it happen.”

The girls have already recruited expert help from The Cut Hut, Whitianga, as well as Board of Trustees member, Teresa Kereopa, ensuring that those students who sign up will be putting their heads in the hands of professionals. “Students can decide to shave or they can also donate their hair for wigs. So even if they don’t want to go as far as fully shaving their heads, they can still get involved and make a contribution,” says Hannah.

Forms will be distributed this week with students from Year 7 and up who have parent/caregiver permission allowed to take part. “Our fundraising page is already open so people can donate there,” says Hannah. “Subway Whitianga is also giving us a tray of cookies to sell on the day to help raise further funds. All the money raised will go to the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society who will be providing us with material we can use to decorate the school hall, where the event will be held, and hopefully create a fun atmosphere.”

Hannah and Summer emphasise that the event is as much about showing support and solidarity, and raising awareness as it is about money. “We know that these are tough times so we are really just encouraging people to get involved however they can,” says Hannah. “Come along on the day to cheer on the kids, we’d love to see as many people as possible joining in. It will also be a Mufti Day so everyone will be coming dressed in yellow and making a gold coin donation.”

The girls say the invitation to shave or donate hair is also extended to staff and parents. “We would love it if any of them wanted to take part, that would be awesome,” says Hannah.

The action is expected to get underway from around 1:30pm on Daffodil Day, Friday, 28 August, and donations can be made on the day or via

“It’s always great to see young people in the community, like Hannah and Summer, who want to make a difference for people impacted by cancer,” says Nicky White of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society. “The enthusiasm and leadership they’ve shown to get their school community involved in Daffodil Day has been phenomenal. I have no doubt it will be a great day of fundraising.”

Pictured: Wellbeing Leaders at Mercury Bay Area School, Hannah Murphy (left) and Summer Power, with the support of the student leadership team, is organising a Brave the Shave event at the school on Daffodil Day, 28 August.


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