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COVID hair growth prompts shave for charity challenge


$3,399 of $20,000 goal
Given by 87 generous donors in 9 weeks

While most Kiwis were ecstatic to get a haircut following our national COVID lockdown in 2020, Hawke’s Bay DHB Head of Finance Chris Comber

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While most Kiwis were ecstatic to get a haircut following our national COVID lockdown in 2020, Hawke’s Bay DHB Head of Finance Chris Comber was so busy getting through the daily workload he gave up on booking an appointment and decided to go a year without a haircut.

“We came out of lockdown at the end of April then all of a sudden it was August, which is when colleagues and family members started looking at me sideways and asking questions about my shaggy hair – some positive, others not so,” he quips.

“I just decided at that point it might be interesting to grow it for the remainder of the year with the intention of getting it cut in January, but then colleagues at our Christmas party suggested shaving my head for charity which I embraced straight away.”

Chris, who is a proud father to 8 year-old Harrison and 14- year-old Isobella, Husband to Debbie and a leader with Greendale/Tamatea Scout Group, says it wasn’t hard finding a charity to support.

“I wanted to do something to support children because I work with youth so much in my spare time, so I did some research and found a local charity which supports young people and their families living with cancer called The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay.

“Acorn is essentially the local charity on the ground in Hawke’s Bay now which replaces Canteen who have moved to a digital support service.

“The aim is obviously to raise as much for The Acorn Project as possible – they are offering amazing support services to local families and I’d love to see as many people as possible get behind their great work.”

Chris’ shave the shaggy hair day will be held on Friday 26 February. (More details to come).

Fundraising Target: $5000 minimum but if $20,000 is reached, Executive Director Finance Carriann Hall has committed to getting a #1 shave on the day also!

The DHB will be in regular contact with The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay founders to update on how we’re tracking with our donation targets. Let’s get to $20,000!!

About us

We Support Young people aged 12 - 24 years and their family living with cancer in Hawkes Bay

Use of funds

Funds will be used to support families living with cancer in Hawkes Bay


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Today is the day....  26 February 2021

Posted by: The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay

This morning kicked off with a fabulous interview with Sarah and Martin from The Breeze chatting to Chris about his fundraiser, The Breeze are fabulous supporters of our charity and the opportunity to spread the work a little further is always appreciated.

So Chris has been looking fabulous for the past couple of days with purple hair and a pink beard along with a splattering of glitter to finish of the look. His stylist was his daughter who took full advantage of making dad look spectacular.

So today at 10am the big shave will begin and we will be live on facebook sharing the big event so please make sure you are watching....

Chris has also raised $2547.00 so far which is incredible !!!

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Phil
Phil on 08 Mar 2021
Great effort Chris. At least you've managed to grow some hair to cut!
$50
The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay

Thank you for your donation, it is very much appreciated

The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay
Dino
Dino on 03 Mar 2021
$10
The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser, your donation is much appreciated

The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay
Brad
Brad on 02 Mar 2021
Well done cuz!
Private
The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay

Thank you for supporting Chris and his fundraiser

The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay
Mark
Mark on 02 Mar 2021
$20
The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay

Thank you for your kind donation

The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay
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Guest Donor on 28 Feb 2021
Private
The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay

Thank you for supporting Chris and his fundraiser

The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay

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