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Pupil parts with long hair to raise money for cancer charity –

Cheers and rounds of applause rang out as a Palmerston North child had her head shaved to support people with cancer.
Parkland School pupil Abagael Jack, on her 11th birthday, had her head shaved at school on Wednesday to raise money for Shave for a Cure, a charity for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.
She wanted to support cancer patients and help find more effective treatments to save lives.
Abagael had long pigtails which quickly disappeared once Chris Cooksley, of Limbrick Hair and Beauty, went to work with the scissors and clippers.
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As the children chanted “go Abagael”, Cooksley triumphantly held one of her pigtails aloft to raucous reception, then he started shaving her head.
Once Cooksley was finished Abagael was mobbed by her school-mates.
She said she was feeling good afterwards, but she had been nervous before getting her hair cut.
A relative in Christchurch had their head shaved recently and she had been keen to do something similar.
She knew a few people who had cancer, including her grandmother, so she wanted to do something to help people.
She has always had shoulder-length hair, so the short trim was a new sensation.
Her fundraising website had raised more than $2200 on Wednesday afternoon and she hoped that would rise to $3000.
The school also held a mufti day to support her and raised more than $500.
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