Young Til­lie makes the cut

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - Ellen Rans­ley Ellen.Rans­ley@west­ern­starnews.com

WHILE most seven-yearolds per­sis­tently bug their par­ents for toys and treats, Hebel’s Til­lie McCumstie bugged her mum to let her cut her hair.

When Til­lie saw a TV ad­ver­tise­ment for chil­dren af­fected by cancer in July, she knew straight away she had to do some­thing.

“I wanted to cut off my hair to give to peo­ple with cancer and also to give them some money.

“I think it’s a nice thing to do,” Til­lie said.

Af­ter months of per­sis­tence, her mother Jodie set up a fundraiser page through their cho­sen char­ity, Va­ri­ety Foun­da­tion, last month.

“Through their Hair with Heart pro­gram, Til­lie’s hair will be do­nated to an or­gan­i­sa­tion that makes wigs.

Ms McCumstie has also set up a fundraiser page, where Til­lie’s friends and fam­ily have so far do­nated $2000, half of what it costs to make a wig.

All pro­ceeds from the on­line dona­tions go di­rectly to the Va­ri­ety Foun­da­tion’s grants – to help fam­i­lies in fi­nan­cial hard­ship buy wigs for their sick chil­dren.

“We think she’s very brave for giv­ing up her hair,” her mum said.

“We weren’t too sure how we all felt about it, but she just kept say­ing that it’ll grow back.”

Her prin­ci­pal Cath Cargnoni said she thought it was amaz­ing.

“To be so young and so kind and con­sid­er­ate and thought­ful,” she said.

“With her fam­ily and the whole com­mu­nity do­ing it so tough in this drought, for her to still see that other peo­ple need help is a won­der­ful thing.

“It’s a re­flec­tion of her beau­ti­ful fam­ily and com­mu­nity val­ues.”

Til­lie will make the big chop on Novem­ber 3 and she’s al­ready ex­cited for how much eas­ier it will be to get ready for school with her new, short do.

“I can sleep in a lit­tle bit and it will be eas­ier to brush,” she said.

“But right now I have to look af­ter my hair for the next peo­ple.”

PHOTO: JODIE MCCUMSTIE

HEART FELT: Seven years old with a big so­cial con­science: Til­lie McCumstie will do­nate her hair to char­ity.

PHOTO: JODIE MCCUMSTIE

BIG HEART: Til­lie McCumstie is cut­ting off her hair for a cause.

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