Kate donates her long locks to help sick kids

Tuesday 25 Sep

Concordia Year 9 student Kate Leahy spent over two years growing her hair, but she happily chopped it all off to donate to children who have lost their hair due to illness. Kate, 14, started to grow her hair out in Year 6 and began thinking about growing it long enough to donate to charity around the same time.

She started researching ways to donate her hair to charity and discovered that Variety Australia uses hair donations to make specialised wigs for children who have lost their hair due to the medical condition alopecia.

They also raise funds through the sale of hair with proceeds used to provide equipment and services to children in need.

Kate’s hair grew to down to her waist, approximately 45 centimetres in length, before she had it cut.

She now spots a chic pixie hairstyle which she says she intends to keep.

“It’s really nice and light to have my hair so short,” Kate says.

“I had been wanting to cut my hair for a while and I’m really proud that it will be used to help a child who is dealing with cancer or alopecia,” she says.

“I hope this will inspire others to think about donating their hair to help children in need.”