Shave for a cure
Thirteen year-old Mason Lockhart has shed his signature locks in the Shave for a Cure fundraiser, helping raise awareness and funds for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC).
LBC is the national charity dedicated to patients and their families living with a blood cancer or a related blood condition. Funding for core services such as patient support programmes, research, information, awareness and advocacy, is needed to continue its vital operation. New Zealanders are asked to organise annual Shave for a Cure fundraisers around the country to help show their support.
After being inspired by one of his Onehunga-Māngere Softball Club’s team mates, who participated in the Shave for a Cure fundraiser last year, Mason decided to give it a go this time around. He was shocked to discover that seven people are diagnosed with blood cancer each day.
Mason says, “I took part in Shave for Cure to support cancer patients. I want to help them find more effective treatments to save lives, and to make sure people with cancer can get the support they need to get them through.”
When the big day arrived for his shave event at home, Mason was happy to have all his friends and family members by his side. His family posted a live-feed online to share with everyone, and when it was all over, he was delighted with his new buzz hairstyle, thanks to his father who assumed the role as barber.
“My Dad did a great job shaving my hair – I think it looks really cool! It was fun to participate in the Live Shave on Zoom that Hilary Barry hosted too. I was pretty amazed at everyone who donated so much money.”
To help Mason cross the finish line and reach his target goal of $1500, visit https://shaveforacure.everydayhero.com/nz/masons-mop to donate.