Han­nah’s hair helps the kids

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

After four years spent pa­tiently grow­ing her locks, Co­bram Angli­can Gram­mar School Year 9 stu­dent Han­nah Kelly fi­nally de­cided enough was enough.

In­stead of her hair be­ing swept in a pile and dis­carded to the bin, the self­less teenager de­cided it could serve a much bet­ter pur­pose.

Her idea was to do­nate her two 30 cm plaits to Wigs for Kids, a char­ity which pro­vides wigs to chil­dren who have lost their hair through ill­ness, ac­ci­dents and med­i­cal treat­ments.

The char­ity’s aim is to help chil­dren suf­fer­ing from hair loss to ‘‘look like them­selves and live their lives’’.

‘‘My mum had a friend whose son chopped his hair off and do­nated it to that same foun­da­tion, so I looked it up and I read what they do and thought why not?’’ Han­nah said.

‘‘In­stead of just throw­ing it out, I thought I would be bet­ter off do­nat­ing it to a good cause.’’

Han­nah parted ways with her hair at Os­roc Hair­dress­ing in Co­bram and said she was more than happy to see the back of her plaits.

‘‘I was start­ing to get re­ally sick of it. It was just get­ting in the way all the time. I never thought I would be do­nat­ing it to char­ity, though,’’ she said.

She said it was pleas­ing she could make a real dif­fer­ence to the life of a com­plete stranger. ‘‘It feels good,’’ she said. ‘‘It may not be a big change for me, but it could change an­other per­son’s life.’’

Han­nah said she had re­ceived a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back from the Co­bram Angli­can Gram­mar School com­mu­nity and was ex­pect­ing to hear from Wigs for Kids in about a month to see how many chil­dren her kind do­na­tion had as­sisted.

After: Han­nah’s new look after hav­ing her 30 cm plaits chopped off.

Be­fore: Han­nah Kelly’s flow­ing locks be­fore be­ing do­nated to Wigs for Kids.

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