Shave the date

2 February 2017 -
William Cran had his hair shaved by Mel Gibson on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Shave for a Cure is on again in 2017 and promises to see many more thousands of people lose their locks and raise funds in support of the six Kiwis diagnosed every day with a blood cancer. This year, Shave for a Cure Week will be held from March 20-26.

In one of the first shaves for 2017 local engineering student William Cran had his hair famously lopped off by actor Mel Gibson on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.

“I was in Los Angeles just checking out Hollywood Boulevard, when a show producer asked if I was up for a haircut.”

“I wasn’t planning to get cut my hair so soon and as I had been growing it for three years, I had also become quite attached to it.” “But I figured why not, only to find that Mel Gibson was doing the job. The great news was I had the last laugh getting to shave off his beard.”

“It was after the Jimmy Kimmel show that I signed up for Shave for a Cure,” said William.

While William got a bit ahead of the scheduled Shave for a Cure dates, he’s still keen to shave and continues fundraising to reach his target.

Shave for a Cure has been around for over 15 years and is an iconic fundraising event. It attracts Kiwis from across New Zealand – mums and dads, students, business and trades people, celebrities and even the SKYCITY NZ Breakers basketball team, all keen to help those living with a blood cancer or related conditions.

Farmers is supporting Shave for a Cure once again for the fifth year and will be holding public shaves at selected stores.