Sophi took part in a fundraising drive for the fantastic
BALD ANGELS CHARITABLE TRUST's event The Big Shave 2015, raising money for underprivileged Northland children and their families suffering from the impact of cancer and terminal illness.
Bald Angels were aiming to raise $100,000 to help Northland children and their families AND to break a Guinness World Record with their event "The Big Shave" - with ten hairdressers shaving 400 heads in one hour! They did much better than that, with 462 volunteers shaving off their locks in a massive show of community spirit and support.
If you're dwelling outside of Kerikeri but want to get involved, don't panic! You can be a part of this great cause by donating online -
EVERY LITTLE BIT COUNTS!
PHOTOS + VIDEO of Sophi's progress
Sophi posted photographs and short videos of her progress with fundraising. She hopes to gain a better appreciation of the struggle associated with hair loss during treatment after she shaves her hair off.
YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW Raffle Updates on this FACEBOOK page:
CONGRATS to Dave, Kath & Erica for winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in The Big Raffle!
Thanks to everyone for supporting Bald Angels and underprivileged Northland children dealing with the impact of cancer and terminal illness.
A huge thank you also to Cathy from Lightening Bug Hair Shimmers who donated a significant amount of her time, skill and Hair Shimmers at our raffle stands to raise money for Bald Angels Charitable Trust.
We were absolutely blown away by the response from local businesses in Kerikeri. Northland is often overlooked for funding, and locals are so often the ones putting forward funding and donations to support their neighbours. That's community. That's spirit.
Here are the generous donating businesses who provided FANTASTIC prizes for The Big Raffle:
The Big Raffle prizes:
5 x High Quality Aerial Photographs from AERIAL VISION*
(redeemable within a 20km radius of Kerikeri - value $200)
1 x 3 month membership to Curves women's gym, Kerikeri
1 x voucher for one night's accommodation at Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation, Kerikeri
Delicious hair products from Smith & Howe Organic Hair Salon
1 x $50 voucher from Bunnings Warehouse Kerikeri
3 x Damask table cloth from Syria thanks to Kaan Zamaan Gallery
1 x ROXY Kiama Duffle beach bag + 1 x Rip Curl Beach Towel from High Voltage Surf Skate Street clothing store
1 x series of three small canvas pictures of pink modes of transport - 1x pink scooter, 1x pink bicycle, 1x pink VW Beatle, thanks to Oddmother Cafe
2 x Lightening Bug Hair Shimmers $50 prize packages in colours of your choice
(includes application session at Hobson St Hair Studio, Kerikeri)
3 x Lightening Bug Hair Shimmers $20 prize packages in colours of your choice
(includes application sessions at Hobson St Hair Studio, Kerikeri)
1 x 2016 Diary and 1 x 2016 Inspiration Wall Calendar from Warehouse Stationary Kerikeri
1 x Hamper full of goodies from Countdown Supermarket Kerikeri
This prize pool was separated into a first, second and third place prize pool on 21/11/2015.
WE ALSO HAD 3 DONATION JARS in Kerikeri! In exchange for your spare change you could walk away with a warm feeling in your stomach and a hand-crafted origami crane.
Kaan Zamaan Gallery
Hobson Street Hair Salon
LIGHTENING BUG worked with us offering their beautiful hair shimmers to people donating towards Bald Angels' The Big Shave.
At our raffle stall on Saturday October 10th people were able to have Hair Shimmers woven into their locks for $2! Cathy from LIGHTENING BUG was on hand to apply them, with all proceeds going to BALD ANGELS CHARITABLE TRUST.
Alternatively you and a group of friends can go to Hobson Hair Studio from 3pm on Thursdays and Fridays and have these beautiful hair shimmers worked into your hair by Cathy herself! Give Cathy the code "Sophi Sent Me" and she will give you a special discount with all proceeds going to Sophi's Bald Angels' drive. Isn't Cathy fantastic?
While she's helping with Bald Angels' drive she is also working on her own charity drive for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation - do ask her about it!
VIDEO BLOG UPDATES Sophi: I'm much more comfortable behind the camera rather than in front of it but I'll be uploading some videos in the lead-up to The Big Shave 2015 and directly afterwards! You'll be able to hear my progress with funding, The Big Raffle, reflections before and after, and try to work out my accent as we go.
Thanks for your time!
The Final Countdown to THE BIG SHAVE!
We were asked to help out with the stage set up for The Big Shave, and contacted several nurseries to decorate the stage with beautiful native New Zealand plants. Stephen from South Pacific Palms provided gorgeous Nikau palms, Warren Baker offered delicate Kowhai trees, silvery flaxes and native grasses, and Julia from Kerikeri Plant Production gave us multicoloured flaxes and flowering native beauties. Thank you so much to these kind plant nurturers - the stage looked really good. Thanks in particular to Stephen who went out of his way to spend hours cutting up hessian to cover the pots and plant bases and helping with the lay out of the plants. Big love.
Sophi cut out styrofoam letters and painted them, covering them with glitter so that they would glisten under the lights. Mark helped with painting boxes which eventually were used to showcase keywords that Bald Angels hold dear - words such as Love, Whanau, Kids, Community, Support, Hope, and Charity. On the day of The Big Shave, 462 people volunteered to have their hair shaved off - a beautiful show of community support and spirit.
Mark also shaved off his beautiful locks!
MANY THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING GENEROUS BUSINESSES
for donating their time, generosity, skills, plants, some delicious spray-free avocados, support, and counter space for donation boxes!