On the cutting edge of charity
RENAE Carcione faced the scissors recently, chopping off 45cm of her hair as part of a fundraiser to help children living with cancer.
The City of Armadale records officer has been growing her hair for months just to be able to cut it off, donating it in the form of a wig, along with more than $900, as part of Variety’s Hair with Heart campaign.
Ms Carcione said cutting her hair short was no big loss for her, but for a child it could mean the loss of identity.
“That’s why I chose to cut it all off; why would you choose not to help if you had the means to do so?” she said.
“My family and my partner’s family have both had losses to cancer and I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to watch a child suffer through something like that.
“If this simple act can make a difference to their lives and bring some kind of hope or happiness, I would gladly grow my hair again to donate it.
“It’s surreal that my hair will be made into a wig but I am so excited for the recipient and hope it brings happiness to that child.”
She said she hoped others in the community would do the same to help someone in need.
“I think it’s very important that everyday people should step out of their comfort zone,” she said.
“Donating hair to me is not a big deal – hair will grow back, but these children don't have that luxury.
“If a simple thing like getting a haircut can make that much of a difference, I don’t understand why there aren’t more people helping and donating.
“This is my first time donating but it certainly won’t be my last and I hope to encourage other people to consider donating.”
Renaie Carcione has put her hair to good use.