Stu­dents bid farewell to their locks to give back

Teens lose pony­tails for can­cer cause

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS - MAR­IAN FAA Mar­ian.Faa@war­wick­dai­

SIX teenage girls have made the bold de­ci­sion to chop off their long, lus­cious hair just a week from grad­u­at­ing high school.

The stu­dents hope the char­i­ta­ble move, in sup­port of those di­ag­nosed with can­cer, will be the start of a new tra­di­tion that will carry on for years to come.

Scots PGC Col­lege stu­dents Sa­man­tha Robertson, So­phie Os­born, Anita Wu, Holly Wick­ham, Tsh­inta Ken­dall and Brid­get Hegerty said the cut was about sup­port­ing a cause close to their hearts.

“I’ve had many mem­bers of my fi­nally af­fected by can­cer on both sides and it is such a dev­as­tat­ing thing,” Tsh­inta said.

“You’re pow­er­less against it when it hap­pens. Any­thing you can do to help the peo­ple you love and al­le­vi­ate the bur­den is just a good thing to do.”

For the girls, who have each seen loved ones bat­tle can­cer, the Pony­tail Project was a chance for ac­tions to speak louder than words.

“I have fam­ily mem­bers that do have can­cer cur­rently,” Sa­man­tha said.

“It is sort of hard to talk about it, so this is my way of show­ing that I ap­pre­ci­ate every­thing they do for me and that time is pre­cious.”

Over­whelmed by the sup­port from friends, fam­ily and their school, the girls have al­ready smashed their fundrais­ing tar­get and have raised more than $5500.

The money will go to­wards sup­port­ing fam­i­lies and re­search­ing a cure through Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land.

As they step out into the world, the girls hope to in­spire younger stu­dents and leave their school with a new tra­di­tion.

“We hope to show the younger kids that it is im­por­tant to give back and looks aren’t every­thing,” Holly said.

“I hope they will take a step back and go ‘I want to do some­thing like that’.”

The girls had their hair cut at a school as­sem­bly yesterday morn­ing.

You can do­nate to the girls’ cam­paign at https://pony­tail project.ev­ery­day­ scots-pgc-col­lege.

Photo: Mar­ian Faa

MAK­ING A DIF­FER­ENCE: Scots PGC Col­lege stu­dents (from left) Sa­man­tha Robertson, So­phie Os­born, Holly Wick­ham, Anita Wu and Tsh­inta Ken­dall will all be bold and chop their locks to give back to the com­mu­nity.

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