LOS­ING LOCKS FOR A CAUSE

HAIR ONE DAY, GONE THE NEXT

Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By Sion­nie Kelly ● For in­for­ma­tion on do­nat­ing hair, go to www.sus­tain­able­sa­lons.com.au

A LOT OF PEO­PLE AREN’T AWARE THEY CAN DO­NATE HAIR AND HAIRDRESSERS DON’T AL­WAYS KNOW HOW TO DO­NATE HAIR . . .

—KRYSTINA BIRCH

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.

Pictures: Julie Mercer

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.

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