Wellington CA Veronica de Schot had always planned to shave off her hair once during her lifetime to raise money for charity.
“I've got really nice, thick hair and was always getting compliments on it so I knew the shock factor alone would raise a good amount of money.”
De Schot recent had her hair shaved off in front of a large crowd at Wellington bar The Southern Cross to raise money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC).
She says she “got a bit teary” when the haircut started with her ponytail getting chopped off.
“I think it was more to do with feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the people watching. Once my hair started getting shaved it was really exciting and people had a lot of cheers and enthusiasm throughout.”
She was surprised at how quickly her head was shaved.
Prior to this, the shortest de Schot had ever worn her hair was just below her chin.
The Wellington City Council business analyst teamed up with two other “shavees” to raise more than $7,500 for LBC.
While her friend chose this particular charity to focus on, de Schot says it is also important to her.
“I think almost everyone will know of someone who has been affected by cancer which is why ongoing support is vital.”
She says the response to her new hairstyle has been generally positive.
“The hairdresser said I am lucky to have a nice-shaped head and one friend joked that it didn't look as bad as she had thought it would.”