Metropol Editor Melinda Collins

Editor’s Perspective: Nov 22 2018

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”

Mahatma Gandhi


My 13-year-old daughter’s hair has varied considerably in length over the years, generally ranging from midway down her back to as far down as her hips. Now it’s a ‘number one’.


Metropol Editor Melinda Collins
Metropol Editor Melinda Collins

For those of you unfamiliar with the hairdressing (or perhaps more accurately, ‘shearing’) term, this corresponds to a 1/8 inch length.
Rather than the increasing temperatures causing her to recreate the look Sinead O’Connor made popular in the late-80s, it was all in aid of raising much-needed funds for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer (LBC) New Zealand.

Six Kiwis a day are diagnosed with a blood cancer or related condition and LBC is the leading organisation dedicated to supporting patients and their families. While I am pleased about the bathroom time this has freed up for myself, I am most proud of the fact that this was a completely self-motivated move and one which has netted more than $900 for the charity.

While this has given rise to the very sobering reality that I am far too wedded to my own hair, it has also demonstrated the fact that one small person can make a very big difference. As Thomas Fuller once said, ‘Charity begins at home but should not end there.”



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