FAQs | Shave for a Cure


Do I have to shave in Shave Week?

Although we encourage you to shave during Shave Week, you can shave anytime during the year.

Can I donate my hair to be made into a wig?

Please contact Freedom Wigs (www.freedomwigs.co.nz) in Dunedin to get more information about donating your hair.

Can children or young adults shave?

Shaving is a personal choice that should be made by an individual in agreement with parents and whanau.

Can students shave?

Yes. Hundreds of schools have participated in Shave over the years. In fact schools are a leading reason why Shave for a Cure has been so successful.

Are there other ways that I can be involved, apart from shaving my head?

Absolutely, you could support another Shavee and make a donation or hold a Crazy Hair Day at your school or work. Our Shave team is happy to help if you have any questions or ideas for fundraising.

What do I have to do to organise a shave event?

How you plan your Shave event is up to you. Many people have a public event at their work, university, school or a public venue.

If you have questions about organising your event, please give us a shout on 0800 15 10 15 (option 1) or email shave@leukaemia.org.nz - we're happy to help.

Can I host my shave event at home, or share it with others?

You can shave at home, or make a public event of it. Many people like to host a shave event at their local hair salon, school, business or other public venue as a way to invite others to join in and shave, raise more funds, share and celebrate their shave. It's totally up to you.

Who do I get to shave my head?

You will need to organise for someone to shave your head for you including sourcing your own gear (clippers, cape etc). Alternatively, you can go to a hairdresser or barber and ask them to support your shave, or come along to one of our public Farmers Shave events during Shave Week (18-24 March).


Why isn’t my donation showing?

If you donated on the website using a credit card and your donation isn’t showing, please let us know. If you donated via direct credit your donation will appear on the site once we have received it either into our bank account (using your reference number), or passed on to us from your Shavee.

Can people donate from outside of New Zealand?

Yes. We can accept donations from all over the world. Our website is set up to accept international payments, donors just need to follow the donation steps online.

Where does the money go?

LBC receives no government funding. Funds raised pay for our core services (outcomes) such as patient support, research, information and advocacy. We are supported by voluntary donations such as yours, of which we are most appreciative.

Across all of our activities Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand has a cost ratio of 75% spent on outcomes, 15% spent on fundraising, 10% spent on administration. This means that 75 cents of every dollar spent is applied towards improving outcomes for patients and families across New Zealand impacted by a blood cancer diagnosis.

*Please note the above figures include our administration of the New Zealand Bone Marrow Donor Registry a division of LBC which receives District Health Board funding to secure donors for patients requiring a bone marrow transplant.

How long does my fundraising page stay active?

Shave for a Cure is open all year round, so your page will stay active and accept donations until around the end of the calendar year.


How do I pay in cash donations I’ve collected?

You can pay in your cash donations using your credit card. Just log in to your fundraising page and follow the instructions on the ‘Manage cash’ tab. You can also deposit your cash and cheque donations at any branch of the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ). Please use these details:

Account number: 02-0256-0141907-04
Reference: Name of Shavee or Group and Banking Reference Number

What’s my banking reference number?

Your banking reference number is a unique number provided to you when you registered to Shave (it’s in the email you received when you first registered). Please contact us if you don’t know what your banking reference number is.