On the cut­ting edge of char­ity

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RE­NAE Car­cione faced the scis­sors re­cently, chop­ping off 45cm of her hair as part of a fundraiser to help chil­dren liv­ing with cancer.

The City of Armadale records of­fi­cer has been grow­ing her hair for months just to be able to cut it off, do­nat­ing it in the form of a wig, along with more than $900, as part of Va­ri­ety’s Hair with Heart cam­paign.

Ms Car­cione said cut­ting her hair short was no big loss for her, but for a child it could mean the loss of iden­tity.

“That’s why I chose to cut it all off; why would you choose not to help if you had the means to do so?” she said.

“My fam­ily and my part­ner’s fam­ily have both had losses to cancer and I can’t even be­gin to imag­ine what it would be like to watch a child suf­fer through some­thing like that.

“If this sim­ple act can make a dif­fer­ence to their lives and bring some kind of hope or hap­pi­ness, I would gladly grow my hair again to do­nate it.

“It’s sur­real that my hair will be made into a wig but I am so excited for the re­cip­i­ent and hope it brings hap­pi­ness to that child.”

She said she hoped oth­ers in the com­mu­nity would do the same to help some­one in need.

“I think it’s very im­por­tant that ev­ery­day peo­ple should step out of their com­fort zone,” she said.

“Do­nat­ing hair to me is not a big deal – hair will grow back, but th­ese chil­dren don't have that lux­ury.

“If a sim­ple thing like get­ting a hair­cut can make that much of a dif­fer­ence, I don’t un­der­stand why there aren’t more peo­ple help­ing and do­nat­ing.

“This is my first time do­nat­ing but it cer­tainly won’t be my last and I hope to en­cour­age other peo­ple to con­sider do­nat­ing.”

Re­naie Car­cione has put her hair to good use.

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