The journey of a classmate’s sister has inspired Colac’s Tessa Tucker-Schwan to shave her head and donate her hair to charity.
Tessa, 10, said seeing Pippa Zapelli, the sister of her classmate Archer, lose her hair during treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year was sad and had made her want to help other children in similar situations.
“I wanted to have my hair shaved and made into a wig for Pippa, but we couldn’t really do that, so I decided to do it for other kids,” she said.
“It made me want to help other kids who deserve to have hair either short or long.”
Tessa said she had been growing her hair since she was little and wanted to donate it to a child to boost their confidence.
“I’ve always wanted Rapunzel hair,” she said.
“Sometimes when you don’t have hair you feel like people won’t want to be your friend.”
The Beeac Primary School Grade Four student has already raised more than $800, with a fundraising goal of $1500.
The money Tessa raises will go to Variety Children’s Charity and she will donate her hair to the charity’s Hair with Heart program, that creates specialised wigs for children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition.
Tessa’s mum Kim said she was extremely proud of her daughter’s selfless actions.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.