Corowa’s Megan Doherty is looking forward to not accidently sitting on her long hair any longer when she undergoes a big chop for a good cause next week.
The 18-year-old will also not miss the maintenance of her long tresses and the fact that her hair takes almost a day to dry naturally after it is washed.
Her long locks will get the snip on Saturday, December 16 as she raises money for Variety - the Children’s Charity and her hair is being donated to Variety’s ‘Hair with Heart’.
“Lately I have been complaining lots about how I have to wash it and I keep sitting on it and it was annoying me, so I decided to give it to someone who needs it,” Megan told the Free Press.
“My donated hair will be made into a wig for someone who has lost their hair due to a medical condition such as cancer or alopecia.
“Wigs cost families up to $6000, lasting one to two years, meaning families can spend tens of thousands of dollars on the purchase of wigs throughout a child’s youth.”
Megan also hopes to raise about $700 for the charity.
“My 16-year-old sister has an intellectual disability and the money raised goes to Australian kids who have illnesses or disabilities,” she said.
While Megan has always had long hair, it now measures about 90 centimetres.
“It’s the longest it has ever been and I am looking forward to easier maintenance,” she said.
Megan had some friends say they were against her cutting her long hair but when she told them it was for a charity, they got on board very quick.
As the day draws closer, Megan said the nerves were starting to set in.
“I am a bit nervous about sunburn, to be honest I get really badly sunburnt easily and my hair usually covers my back and shoulders,” she said.
The teenager has approached businesses in Corowa to donate prizes for a raffle that will be drawn on the day she undergoes the big chop.
Tickets are $2 each or three for $5.
The businesses supporting Megan’s raffle with donated prizes include Perfection, Corowa Computers and Outdoors, Corowa Massage Therapy, Origin Clothing, Border Natural Therapies, Meat on the Murray, ENVE, The Civic Cafe, Sandy’s, In Touch Nails, Alliance Pharmacy, A & K Auto Spares, Green Bean Cafe, PharmaSave Corowa Pharmacy and Lavish Hair.
Raffle tickets and donation tins are available at Corowa Takeaway, the Corowa Free Press and at Cutting Edge Hairdressing.
The big chop will take place at Corowa’s Cutting Edge Hairdressing from 9.30am on Saturday, December 16.
Megan also has an online fundraising page, visit https://hairwithheart.everydayhero.com/au/megan-s-hair-fundraising