Clarkson mum gets chop to match daughter for World’s Greatest Shave

Emma White with her daughter Aroha (7).
Picture: Martin Kennealey        d465993
Emma White with her daughter Aroha (7). Picture: Martin Kennealey        d465993

A YEAR ago, Aroha White (7) and her mother Emma had hair down to their waists, but by the end of this week they will both have bare scalps.

Aroha will shave her mother’s head on Thursday to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation in the World’s Greatest Shave, giving them matching looks.

The Poseidon Primary School student has lost her hair since starting treatment for leukaemia, which was diagnosed last October.

“She is shaving my hair,” Mrs White said.

“I said to her I wanted to join her in her journey – she is a little warrior.

“Chemo started to affect her hair and it started to fall out – she decided to shave her hair.”

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The Clarkson resident said Aroha suggested having a big event at school to help her friends better understand her journey, and many would be colouring their hair at the fundraiser.

“It’s a huge change,” she said.

“It’s completely abstract for what ‘normal’ used to be for us.

“The common cold is now a high threat in our house.”

Mrs White said family activities such as going to the local park or the movies were not an option while Aroha’s immune system was vulnerable, which had an impact on her younger sisters as well.

She said the Year 2 student had only been able to return to school for a full day in late February.

“She went to school in a wheelchair last year,” she said.

“I still can’t believe that it is happening to my baby.”

The nurse and midwife said her oldest daughter was no longer a “quiet, reserved little lady”.

“She is only seven, but she wants to make a change in this world.”

Poseidon Primary School will host the fundraiser from noon on March 16. To donate, visit