Brave Louise is a cut above
Inspirational teen on teaching trip to Africa
A brave teenager with a big heart chopped off her long hair in a bid to support two worthy causes.
Louise Taylor, from King’s Park, raised £1,000 for a humanitarian trip to North Tanzania by cutting her waist-length hair and donating it to the Little Princess Trust.
The 16-year old is currently in the African country where she is teaching children in a small village school and using her spare time to help build further facilities in the village.
A pupil of King’s Park Secondary, Louise is on the trip with six other pupils and teachers Miss Ward and Mr Braid.
Louise’s mum Karen told the Reformer: “Louise decided to fundraise towards the cost of the trip by cutting off her long hair.
“At the beginning she didn’t give it too much thought. She was always going to go through with it, but she was starting to think about how she would feel about losing it and that’s how her decision to donate it to the Little Princess Trust came about.
“It was the thought of the joy that someone else would have and that kept her going.
“She hopes her hair will be made into a wig that will make a positive difference to someone who has lost theirs due to illness.”
Louise, her short hair and classmates travelled to a remote community at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro on June 26 as part of the World Challenge programme.
It sees young people aged 16 to 24 placed in developing countries to see how other people live and to contribute towards the communities in which they are living.
A challenge from the outset, the teens had to book their own travel, source food upon arrival and ensure, working as a team, that they have everything they needed.
Karen said: “I’m delighted Louise has been afforded this opportunity. It’s a once in a lifetime trip.
“It will be life changing for her. People I know who have done it before, they come back with a different outlook on life.”
Karen thanked Fiona Pediani, a local hairdresser, who cut Louise’s hair for free and Amanda Hemphill, a photographer who took pictures of Louise with long hair so she could always remember how it looked.
Amanda was so impressed with Louise’s fundraising efforts that she offered the photoshoot for free.
Before Louise enjoyed a photo shoot courtesy of Amanda Hemphill