‘Beautiful residents’ shorn

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Gone tomorrow . . . Sporting freshly shaved heads in Mosgiel to raise money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand last week (from left) Chatsford Retirement Village residents Keith Spence (85), Paul Armfelt (91), Jan McEwan (73), Sandra White (74), John McGrory (82), Marie Churchill (68), Genevieve Grant (79), Ann Beaumont (73) and Liz Thomas (79). PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

A Mosgiel retirement village was abuzz as some of its “beautiful residents” stepped up for a good cause.

Chatsford Retirement Village resident Liz Thomas (79) said she had a friend and a family member who had battled cancer so she decided to raise money by getting her head shaved in the village last week.

The Shave for a Cure fundraising initiative helps fund research and provide care and resources for people affected with a blood cancer or blood condition.

When word spread about her fundraiser, eight other residents – Keith Spence (85), Paul Armfelt (91), Jan McEwan (73), Sandra White (74), John McGrory (82), Marie Churchill (68), Genevieve Grant (79) and Ann Beaumont (73) – signed on to have their hair shaved off.

Mrs Thomas said she was “amazed” by the support shown by the residents.

After she had her head shaved in front of about 100 people, Taieri Times asked her how she felt.

She responded by running her fingers over her head and laughing, “a bit like a hedgehog”.

Village activities co-ordinator Wendy McAlwee thanked haidresser Chris Hillary for making “our beautiful residents even more beautiful”.

Outram School pupils held a bake sale and Taieri College pupils and musicians Ashley Maxwell and Josh Glennie performed at the fundraiser, which raised about $2800 for the charity.

Hairdresser Chris Hillary shaves the head of Chatsford Retirement Village resident Liz Thomas, as fellow residents (from left) Jan McEwan and Ann Beaumont wait their turn in Mosgiel on March 20.