Our resident RYE Student Senor Gonzalo Pratto (from Argentina) did us proud for Cancer Societies Daffodil Day by having his long-locks cropped off! His golden locks are now back in Argentina having been donated to the Argentine equivalent of “Wigs for Kids”, a non-profit organisation which provides wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer therapy. 
Gonza had to ensure his hair was nicely conditioned and well looked after. It also had to be at least 20cm long before cutting. Gonza admits he misses his locks, but he is grateful to help a child in adverse circumstances gain back a little of their former appearance. And he knows he can always grow his own hair back. Huge thanks to Jon at Abstract Hair Cutting in Marua Road, Ellerslie for agreeing to take on the challenge of the careful  cut and then restyling what was left, for a hugely discounted rate. Abstract were also very patient with Gonza's Host Mum #3 (President Robyn) and Counsellor (Rosemary) as they fussed-about and took photos as the hair cropping took place.
Gonza's transformation was "revealed" at our August 29 meeting. Thanks to the generosity of one Club member who bought the right to 'reveal' Gonza's new hair cut; and also thanks to all other RCSJ members at our meeting that day who contributed to the Sunshine fund.  Proceeds of this went 50/50 to Daffodil Day and to Gonza's RYE 'ERKs' fundraising challenge.
Gonza is still feeling self-conscious about the new hairstyle but we have assured him the general consensus is he looks very handsome! Gonza, we are all very proud of your commitment to help those in need and have a bit of fun as you do. Muchas Gracias.