The sound of clippers whirring emanated from the Duke of Gloucester last week as a group of people gathered to give up their locks and raise $4000 for the annual Funrazor Shave Off.
For 73-year-old Coleen Davey, it was the first time in 16 years scissors had been near her hair. And then it had been for practical reasons, after being bedridden with a diagnosis of viral meningitis.
It was the reality of children having to cope with cancer, and losing their hair that had her determined to raise $1000.
She said it was the least she could do as children who lost their hair through cancer had no choice.
A dedicated volunteer, she has sat at the bedside of terminally ill patients for many years.
Ms Davey saved her 60cm ponytail. "My son in Australia gave me a $100 donation on the condition that I kept it," she said.
New Zealand Blood Service senior nurse Richard McGrath grew his hair longer for the occasion, after he decided to take part in Funrazor to support relatives on the child cancer journey.
"The hardest part was not being tempted to cut it earlier - long hair is overrated, Mr McGrath said.
His 5-year-old son, Brock, paid $5 to get the first cut, before Hastings Hair2Go hairdresser Andrea Kendall shaved it all off.
Being a young mother is what prompted Rohani Alexander to lose her shoulder-length locks.
"If it was my little girl who needed help, I would want to know I had done everything I could for her," Ms Alexander said.
You can still donate to the cause of Hawke's Bay volunteers by visiting www.fundraiseonline.co.nz.