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St Joseph School's Miracle Milo, Henry Oldham, Claire Corbett, Emma-Jayne Crawford and George McMillan supporting child cancer during Wig Wednesday.

St Joseph School pupils were at school yesterday with coloured hair, funky hair styles, hats and wigs to raise money and awareness for child cancer.

It was national Wig Wednesday organised to support the Child Cancer Foundation.

The pupils, teachers and school support staff wore wigs of all colours in styles long and short, straight and curly.

Some pupils also coloured their hair, smothered it in hair product or jazzed it up with glitter, bows, ribbons or headbands.

St Joseph School deputy principal Claire Corbett said it was a fun way to raise money, and awareness, for child cancer.

Over the years the school had families whose children were diagnosed with cancer, including a current family whose child has leukaemia. The school had supported the cause for the past few years.

Wig Wednesday was organised by the school’s Young Vinnies group, made up of pupils from Year 5 to Year 8 and, as it was pupil-led, most of the 260 pupils took part in some way whether it was with a hair style or through donating money.

In New Zealand every week three families get devastating news their child has cancer.

The chemotherapy treatment means some of these kids will have to face the world with no hair.

Wig Wednesday was set up to help those children as thousands of ordinary Kiwis, including those at St Joseph School, wear a wig, shave their heads or style a funky hair-do to raise money.