Rotorua schools got wacky and colourful with their hair-dos today to raise money for an important cause.

Wig Wednesday is an annual event that helps raise awareness and support for the Child Cancer Foundation, and raise funds to support Kiwi children with cancer.

Schools which took part included Otonga Rd Primary School, Westbrook School, Lynmore Primary School, Ngakuru School, Western Heights High School and Kaharoa School.

Otonga Rd Primary School Room 11 teacher Delwyn Bowen organised the school's Wig Wednesday.

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She says it is great to see the good participation throughout the whole school.

The school's senior councillors had also held a make-a-wig session during lunch on Wednesday and Friday last week, which had a huge turnout, she says.

Delwyn says the wig day was for a gold coin donation, and that a lot of the pupils in her class brought in a donation even if they were not wearing a week.

"It's important to us in our class because Joshua is a survivor of cancer."

Room 11 pupil Joshua Gallagher, 9, is a survivor of brain cancer, and there are a couple other pupils in the school who have had experiences with cancer, she says.

"We set a target and if they reached it I was going to dye my hair hot pink.

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"It feels great, I'm really rapt we managed to reach the target."

Otonga Rd Primary School Room 11 pupils and teacher Delwyn Bowen with their wigs on.
Otonga Rd Primary School Room 11 pupils and teacher Delwyn Bowen with their wigs on.

The school's principal Linda Woon will also dye her hair a colour of the children's choosing if the school raises $600.

Joshua Gallagher says he liked seeing the school dress up in the wigs and thought the support was great.

Room 11 pupil Georgia Fullard, 7, says she put pink, blue and orange in her hair for the fundraiser.

She says the Child Cancer Foundation is an important cause because little children can die from cancer.

Westbrook Primary School raised more than $400.

Every week more than three children in New Zealand are diagnosed with cancer.

To be able to support families, Child Cancer Foundation must raise at least $6 million every year.

It receives no direct government funding, so achieve this target through a variety of national and local fundraising activities such as Wig Wednesday."