Girl's hair chopped for charity

Maori Hill School pupil Aoife Sievwright displays the locks of hair she had cut off to raise...
Maori Hill School pupil Aoife Sievwright displays the locks of hair she had cut off to raise finds for the Child Cancer Foundation. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

A Dunedin girl has lost her beloved locks for a good cause.

Aoife Sievwright (11) had nearly 40cm of her long blond hair chopped off at her home in Maori Hill last weekend.

She had her hair cut for two reasons - she was a friend of a family who lost a child to cancer last year and she had a friend with alopecia, a condition in which hair is lost from areas of the body.

The chopped hair was being sold to Dunedin wigmaking business Freedom Wigs and would boost her fundraising for the Child Cancer Foundation to about $1800.

Play with the hair of Aoife Sievwright (11) before she it gets chopped off for charity  are...
Play with the hair of Aoife Sievwright (11) before she it gets chopped off for charity are friends and family (from left) Emily Roy (10), Fergus Macdiarmid (11), Anna Gent (10), Juliet Lyall (11), her sister Saoirse Sievwright (6), Alice Graham (10), Ruby An (11) and her sister Aisling Sievwright (9). PHOTOS: SHAWN MCAVINUE
Aoife said she was "a little scared'' when hairdresser Carol Robertson invited friends and family to cut the hair off.

``When my sister was doing it and laughing.''

The Maori Hill School pupil said she had only had her beloved hair trimmed before, but a short hairstyle would help her keep cool as temperatures reached 30degC on Saturday.

Child Cancer Foundation southern region business development manager Claire Robb thanked Aoife for her ``incredible gesture and generosity''.

"The money she has raised will make all the difference to children with cancer and their families."

SHAWN.MCAVINUE@thestar.co.nz

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