Katie Holland is the Rotorua Daily Post deputy editor

Truckie to shave hair off for Child Cancer Foundation

Shaving all their hair is probably not on the bucket list of too many women.

But for long-haired truck driver Roslyn Didovich it's something she's always wanted to do.

So when Mrs Didovich's nephew Cory Josephs, then 4, was diagnosed with cancer just over a year ago she had the perfect reason to cross it off her list.

Mrs Didovich will have her long locks shaved at Adams Cave Hairdressers in Rotorua on March 9 as part of the Child Cancer Foundation's funrazor, which encourages people to "Shave your lid for a brave kid!" Her brave kid is Cory - who she watched fight and eventually beat the disease with the support of his family and the Rotorua community.

"I was standing in the back supporting the family but you can't seem to do enough. It's something extra I can do... giving back to the Child Cancer Foundation who helped them quite a lot," she said. She was also inspired by seeing sick children of all ages and ethnicities in Auckland's Starship Hospital.

Mrs Didovich, formerly of Rotorua but now living in Huntly, said shaving her hair had been a long-held goal.

"You make a bucket list, sometimes you've got to do something outside the square."

On her fundraising website the target has been put at $1000 but Mrs Didovich said she'd be delighted to raise $500.

To help with that, she's put posters in depots along her truck runs and said the support from her mainly male colleagues has been overwhelmingly positive.

Cory, who lost his own hair during chemotherapy, will be one interested spectator when his aunt goes under the razor.

"Cory is going to come and watch, he's quite intrigued."

Although Cory's hair has grown back, Mrs Didovich's new 'do may just give her a passing resemblance to another family member.

"My husband was going to do it with me but he's already got a number one [hair cut]."

To sponsor Mrs Didovich go to www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/RoslynDidovich.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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