Brave Louise is a cut above

In­spi­ra­tional teen on teach­ing trip to Africa

Rutherglen Reformer - - Out And About - Edel Ke­nealy

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

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