Woolgoolga Public School student Arabella Chaplin is about to shave off all her luscious locks and donate her pony tail, all in the name of helping those with cancer. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
Woolgoolga Public School student Arabella Chaplin is about to shave off all her luscious locks and donate her pony tail, all in the name of helping those with cancer. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

A good heart and great hair helps out charity

AT eight-years-old you would expect Arabella Chaplin's biggest decision for the day would be what to eat for breakfast - but she's not your average eight-year-old.

The Woolgoolga Public School student is about to shave off all her luscious locks and donate her ponytail, all in the name of helping those with cancer.

Her mother Melinda Smith said despite her young age she is well aware of what her actions meant.

"Arabella simply wanted a haircut so I had suggested to her to donate her hair as it is so long and then she thought 'Well I might just shave it off'," Mrs Smith said.

"We talked further as this was/is such a big decision and after a week she decided that was what she wanted to do, especially as it would help other people."

And so Arabella got into action.

"She is hoping that her hair is long enough to be cut in to be used for a future wig for those who lose their hair during treatment and then the rest will be shaved to a number three by a local volunteer hairdresser."

The shave will take place at the school on December 10.

Arabella has already started raising funds for Cancer Council NSW and already has $1200 through online donations, door knocks and community support.

Her goal is $3000.



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