For most of us, wearing is a wig usually involves dressing up in something whacky and having fun. But for Kiwi kids living with cancer there often isn’t much fun to be had.
Wig Wednesday on June 20 is the Child Cancer Foundation’s annual fundraiser where schools, businesses, community groups and individuals are encouraged to don a wig for a day and fundraise.
There is also a ‘Big Wig Challenge’ where organisations can nominate a ‘big wig’, set a fundraising target and when you hit the magic number the big wig must complete the challenge of either wearing a wig, or lopping off their locks.
Last year more than 400 organisations helped to raise more than $133,000.
Maungatapu Preschool teacher Victoria Hay shaved her hair off for Shave for a Cure earlier in the year – a fundraiser for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand – and thought Wig Wednesday would be a great way for the children to be directly involved in fundraising for children living with cancer.
The pre-school regularly fundraises for local charities as part of a focus on helping others in need and being involved in its community.
The children have made their own colourful wigs from cardboard, feathers, cotton balls, shredded paper, pompoms and coloured ice-block sticks.
Every week more than three children in New Zealand are diagnosed with cancer. In order to support these children and their families the Child Cancer Foundation needs to raise at least $6 million every year.
Join in the Wig Wednesday fun by posting your photos to your social media channels using the hash tage #wigwednesday and #bigwigchallenge and check out the Child Cancer Foundation’s Facebook and Instagram feeds.
Jess Quinn, 25, who is currently featuring on our television screens in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ had her leg amputated at the age of nine after a battle with cancer.
The fitness advocate and social media influencer has more than 160,000 Instagram followers and has just signed with US modelling agency Natural Models. Her chosen charity on Dancing with the Stars is the Child Cancer Foundation.