LOSING LOCKS FOR A CAUSE
HAIR ONE DAY, GONE THE NEXT
A LOT OF PEOPLE AREN’T AWARE THEY CAN DONATE HAIR AND HAIRDRESSERS DON’T ALWAYS KNOW HOW TO DONATE HAIR . . .
Snip, snip went the scissors and bye, bye went three people’s lovely long locks in the Big Chop on Friday.
The Big Chop saw Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE and Sustainable Salons Australia team up to encourage people to donate their hair to a good cause.
Sustainable Salons Australia co-ordinates ponytail donations of 20 cm or longer to make wigs for children suffering from alopecia and cancer.
Tatura’s Laura Groves, 16, was one of the people who took part and watched closely as her long brown hair was tied in small ponytails and then chopped off.
Laura, who attends St Augustine’s College in Kyabram, decided to cut her hair off and donate it to make wigs because her mother died of leukaemia, last year.
‘‘I just thought if I was going to cut it off I might as well donate it,’’ she said.
‘‘I want to donate it to other people who don’t have hair.
‘‘My little cousin she did it and thought I may as well do it, this year.’’
Others who took part included Chiara Mori, 7, and GOTAFE’s Balvinder Kaur.
Chiara had never had a haircut before, so it was shocking and exciting for her to watch as GOTAFE trainer Rosa Mandaradoni cut her hair to shoulder length.
Ms Mandaradoni said this was the second year they had helped the Big Chop and it was quite easy to find people.
‘‘With GOTAFE we like to do community and charity work and it’s great for the students to be involved,’’ she said.
Sustainable Salons Australia business development manager for Victoria Krystina Birch said the hair would go to Variety Charity, which makes wigs for children with alopecia.
‘‘A lot of people aren’t aware they can donate hair and hairdressers don’t always know how to donate hair or where to donate hair, so it’s about linking the two together and getting the hair to those who need it,’’ she said.
Ms Birch said Sustainable Salons Australia collected 20 cm or more of natural or coloured hair to help support people.
Admiring length: Tayla Anderson, Krystina Birch and Balvinder Kaur.
Excited: GOTAFEs Balvinder Kaur.
Nervous: Laura Groves watches her cousin Emma Hernan prepare her hair for the big chop.
Ready for chop: Chiara Mori, 7, and GOTAFE trainer Rosa Mandaradoni.
Happy: Chiara Mori, 7, holds up her hair.
Proud: Laura Groves holds up her hair.
Proud: Chiara Mori, 7, with her mum Franca Mori.