MLC girls un­lock their gen­eros­ity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

FIFTY Methodist Ladies’ Col­lege stu­dents parted with their lus­cious locks on Wed­nes­day to give to chil­dren in need.

The Clare­mont col­lege has run the an­nual Pony Chop since 2013, with a record num­ber of girls from years 7-12 get­ting on board this year.

Year 12 Ser­vice Pre­fect Bec O’brien said the do­nated hair would be made into wigs for chil­dren suf­fer­ing from alope­cia or cancer.

“Each year we choose a char­ity, and this year we’re sup­port­ing Va­ri­ety (Chil­dren’s Char­ity),” she said.

“Ba­si­cally you have to have more than 20cm cut off your hair, which can’t have any colour in it, then that gets shipped off to New South Wales to make wigs for kids with no hair.”

Ser­vice Pre­fect Amelia Chan­ner-holmes, who par­tic­i­pated last year, said she was overwhelmed by her fel­low stu­dents’ sup­port.

“The ca­ma­raderie has been as­tound­ing, it’s a re­ally great tradition for us to get be­hind,” Amelia said.

“One girl, Cissi (pic­tured), do­nated 40cm of her long blonde hair.”

Mau­rice Mead in Clare­mont jumped on board, do­nat­ing their time to cut the girls’ hair for the sec­ond year in a row, as well as giv­ing par­tic­i­pants dis­count vouch­ers.

Bec, who had been grow­ing her hair since the in­au­gu­ral event four years ago, said it was an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The strangest thing is hold­ing the hair in your hands,” she said.

“I got full goose bumps and was on the verge of tears be­cause you re­alise we take our hair for granted. I get an­noyed when it’s long, but then there are lit­tle kids out there with no hair.”

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d466534

Year 12 stu­dents Bec O'brien, Cissi Remvik and Kira Pieris show the spoils of their hair­cuts.

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