Students bid farewell to their locks to give back
Teens lose ponytails for cancer cause
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.everydayhero.com/au/ scots-pgc-college.
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.