Thursday, May 23, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Hair For Good

A young Whitsunday resident has chopped off her lovely long locks for charity, raising an impressive $2,100 along the way.

Seven-year-old Maya Murphy decided to donate her hair to help sick kids following a conversation with her mum, Shannon, who had heard of Variety Children’s Charity, Hair With A Heart.

The initiative encourages people with long hair to “take the chop and change lives”, stating that “your lovely locks will be turned into wigs for people who’ve lost their hair from cancer, alopecia or other medical conditions”.

After a little consideration, Maya announced that she would like to do it and, with the help of her family, set up a charity page through the organisation, asking people to sponsor her ‘Big Chop’.

It wasn’t long before Maya watched the money roll in and the initial target of $750 was smashed almost straight away when they hit $1000 within the first 24 hours.

By the time she took the chop, Maya had raised an incredible $2,100.

A total of 20 centimetres of Maya’s hair was cut off and it has now been sent off so that a wig can be made from it.

Maya said she enjoys having short hair and was pleased her long hair was going to help sick kids.

“I just wanted to help them,” she said.

Shannon added that the whole family were very impressed with Maya’s giving nature.

“We are super proud of her!” she said.

“She’s that kind of kid that has a good heart always.”

Young Maya rocking her new short hair and holding her long plaits which she will donate to sick kids. Photo supplied

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