School girls to donate long locks for good cause

FOR many teenage girls losing about 30cm of hair would be a disaster, but a couple of South Grafton High School Year 7 students can hardly wait.

Cousins Madison Nicholl and Tahlia O'Hara have been on a mission growing their hair to be harvested for wigs and the harvest date of March 19 is drawing closer.

The pair are part of Madison's mother, Melissa Nicholl's Relay for Life team, the Melanroamers, who have been raising money for cancer research.

For the two girls the job is personal as they honour Melissa's battle to be free of cancer.

"I nearly died. I was on Code Red and had nine cancer operations over a three-year period," Melissa said.

"I used to have long hair over my shoulders and losing it while I was having chemo was really devastating.

"It's strange. You can nearly die, but you are almost more worried about not having hair."

Madison Nicholl and Tahlia O'Hara are having their hair cut off and donating it to be made into wigs for cancer patients.
Madison Nicholl and Tahlia O'Hara are having their hair cut off and donating it to be made into wigs for cancer patients. Adam Hourigan

The two 12-year-olds are not so keen on their long locks. "I'm looking forward to having short hair again," Madison said.

"Me too," said Tahlia. "I'm kind of sick of taking care of it."

For the hair to be suitable for wig making it must be free of any artificial colours and kept clean.

"We have to brush it at least twice a day and it has to be kept clean," Madison said.

"I really like the colour of my hair, so it's never occurred to me to change it."

Tahlia seemed to think colouring her hair was some way off as well.

"If I get grey hair I will put a colour in it," she said.

Melissa is proud of the two girls, who she says are almost like sisters, they are so close.

"They're doing it for other children who lose their hair through cancer, alopecia or any other disease where they lose their hair," she said.

Melissa said the girls' hair will be cut off at the pony tail.

"They put rubber bands around it down the length of it and package it up to be sent off," she said.

Grafton's Relay for Life is on March 19 and 20.



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