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Issue No. 399 February 2016

New look for a great cause

Toni and Jade after their clipping.

There’s life after locks for Senior Constable Toni Bean and her fund-raising family.

Toni’s daughter Jade decided to have her long hair shorn to raise money and show support for young cancer sufferers who lose their hair during treatment.

Toni – a Northland school community officer – and Jade’s father Nick supported her by joining her in the big clip, which took place just before Christmas.

“Jade handled it so well,” says Toni. “There were smiles all the way. I was so proud of her.”

Fears that Jade might be upset by losing her hair were unfounded. “Jade wants to keep her hair short now. She’s got one of those faces that suits whatever hairstyle she has.

“It was a good time of year to do it – she can go back to school and feel comfortable with it having grown back a bit.”

Toni says she received a special call of appreciation from a Police colleague with a child affected by cancer. “That made it so worthwhile. I was able to go to Jade and say ‘I’ve had a call from someone whose child has been through this’.”

So far Jade has raised more than $2700 for the Child Cancer Foundation – and her fund-raising page is still open for donations here.

Toni is also enjoying her new look. “It’s quite liberating. I don’t have to worry about doing my hair in the morning. I’ve got a whole lot more time.”

Jade’s hair is going to a company which makes wigs for cancer sufferers and others.

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