Big chop for charity

Students Olivia, Ziva, Marie and Chloe will hair their hair cut for charity. Photo by Mark Wilson.

By Alesha Capone

A group of pupils from a Point Cook school will take part in a hair-raising charity event this week.

On December 4, pupils Chloe, Marie, Nicolo, Olivia and Ziva from Stella Maris Catholic Primary School will have their long hair cut off.

Their tresses will be donated to a program which makes wigs for people with cancer.

The pupils have also been raising funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation in the lead-up to their big chop, and have so far raised more than $1500.

Also on Wednesday, Stella Maris pupils will come to school with crazy hairdos, in exchange for a gold coin donation to the foundation.

The fundraising idea was the brainchild of grade 4 pupil Nicolo, who said he was inspired by his older sister Camilla, who has previously cut off and donated her own hair.

Grade 3 pupils Ziva, Marie and Olivia – and Olivia’s sister Chloe, who is in grade prep – said they decided to join in with Nicolo’s efforts.

Nicolo (second from left) started the fundraising campaign. Photo: Supplied

A mother from the school, Joseanne, will also have her cut as part of the event. Each of them will have at least 25 centimetres of their hair cut off, to be donated to the wig program.

“My Nonna has breast cancer and I want to help her and all the other people with cancer,” Marie said.

Ziva said: “I want to help people, we are trying to make them brave.”

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