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Hair-O’s Raise Over $90K for Child Cancer Foundation

10 Aug 2016

There were hair-raising activities across the country on Wednesday 22 June as Kiwis took part in New Zealand’s first ever Wig Wednesday to raise funds for Child Cancer Foundation.

More than 400 schools and businesses joined in the fun, donning wigs and hosting their own fundraising activities that raised more than $90,000 to support children with cancer and their families.
 
Wig Wednesday supporter Sarah Davies, whose son Jock is a former Child Cancer Foundation National Ambassador, visited schools and businesses in their local community on Wig Wednesday to share their story.
 
“For us it was a chance to remind people that Child Cancer Foundation is helping people right here in our community – your classmate, your friend, your colleague,” said Sarah. “I know Jock and the rest of our family would have been lost without Child Cancer Foundation and seeing everyone in wigs on Wig Wednesday was overwhelming – they were supporting us.”
 
Robyn Kiddle, Chief Executive of Child Cancer Foundation, says the Foundation was blown away by the community response to Wig Wednesday.
 
“Every week more than three children are diagnosed with cancer in New Zealand. For our team that means more children, more siblings, more parents, more whānau to support,” said Robyn. “The funds raised through Wig Wednesday will help us have the resources to help others. We are so grateful to everyone who got behind the day and hope you had as much fun as we did!”
 
Child Cancer Foundation provides one-to-one, personalised support to Kiwi children diagnosed with cancer and their families. At any given time Child Cancer Foundation is assisting more than 500 families nationwide.
 
As a stand-alone charity, Child Cancer Foundation receives no direct funding from the government, so it relies on the generosity of New Zealanders to support its cause. For more information about Child Cancer Foundation visit www.childcancer.org.nz. You can check out Wig Wednesday style from across the country on our Facebook page or #WigWedNZ.