Students donate hair for wigs for cancer patients
Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 11:08 am
A group of 19 Nose Creek Elementary school students had their ponytails snipped off for the school’s Cuts for Hope initiative, held on May 31.
The girls from grades 2 to 4 sat in a row in the school’s gymnasium as their classmates cheered them on while hairdressers from Mezzanine Hair Studio put scissors through their hair.
Cuts for Hope is a day that was spearheaded last year by Grade 4 student Annika Pedersen, and is run in conjunction with Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths campaign.
Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene and the Canadian Cancer Society, which aims to improve the lives of cancer patients by turning donated hair into free, real-hair wigs for women.
It takes close to nine ponytails to create one wig, and thanks to 19 inspirational students from Nose Creek Elementary School, Beautiful Lengths will be able to donate two more wigs.
Child Development Advisor at Nose Creek Rob MacLellan emceed the event and was beaming with pride over the girls’ efforts.
“Our motto here at Nose Creek is, we make a difference,” said MacLellan. “It’s really inspiring to see what these girls did, some of them didn’t cut their hair all year just so that they could be a part of today’s event.”
Participation for this year’s event doubled from last year, and some girls who didn’t participate in the Cuts for Hope day event had already donated their hair earlier in the year.
Grade 2 student Julia Toporowski, who participated in Cuts for Hope 2013, went as far as to gather donations for her cause and raised $1,305.
MacLellan was quick to shirk any credit for his hosting duties, heaping praise on the participants instead.
“It’s really the students who make it happen,” said MacLellan. “They’re the ones who initiated this whole thing, I just help them carry it out.”
Stylists from Mezzanine Hair Studio who tied and cut the girls’ ponytails were Tara Cole, Ashley Varney and Angie Turner.