After losing his grandmother and his mother battling cancer, a John Paul College student will be shaving his head to raise funds for child cancer.

Kehu Marino, 12, will shave his head at the Professionals McDowell Real Estate Child Cancer Charity Breakfast and Art Auction next week.

He said his mum had bowel cancer when he was 3 and she won the battle.

"We're glad to have her still."

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He lost his grandmother when he was 2 to bowel and lung cancer.

He said he had been growing the top of his hair and hadn't had a haircut in about a month.

Kehu said he felt all right about having his head shaved because he won't have to do it in the morning and won't have "a bad hair day". Kehu is looking for lots of sponsorship and people to visit his fundraising page, as he wants to reach $3000.

The Professionals McDowell Real Estate Child Cancer Charity Breakfast and Art Auction is being held on Friday, March 11, from 7am to 8.30am at the Distinction Hotel.

A portion of the funds raised remain in Rotorua.

This will be the 23rd year of the annual charity event and painted pieces from 12 children are expected to be auctioned off. Tickets cost $30 and are available from Professionals McDowell Real Estate.

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- To sponsor Kehu visit https:// taurangalakesandbaysfunrazor. everydayhero.com/nz/kehu-marino or drop into the Professionals McDowell Real Estate.

How can you help the Child Cancer Foundation?

* The foundation receives no government funding so relies on donations.

* Shave your head for funds as part of the Child Cancer Foundation Professionals Headshave.

* Make Child Cancer Bequests.

* Gift a Star or a Bead of Courage to support a child's cancer journey.

* Get your school involved with helping us raise money.

* Become a volunteer.