Squeals of shock as Perth College students get the chop for charity


Clockwise from bottom left : Claire Preston, Hannah Porter and Ellen Gamble. Picture: Bruce Hunt d482843
Clockwise from bottom left : Claire Preston, Hannah Porter and Ellen Gamble. Picture: Bruce Hunt d482843

THERE were squeals of shock and surprise on Friday as more than 25 Perth College students each cut up to 35cms of their hair.

Year 12 student Ellen Gamble, who organised the event, said it was not difficult to find volunteers to chop off their flowing locks for a good cause.

The metres of hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, which provides free wigs made of real hair to people up to 24 years old who have lost their own hair to illness.

Students also collected monetary donations.

“Giving something physical from ourselves makes the donation much more personal, as we know our actual hair will benefit another, on top of the monetary donations which will help make and purchase more wigs,” Ellen said.

Ellen Gamble after her hair cut.

Ellen said before she got her hair cut she had mixed feelings about doing it, but once it was done, was glad she did it to help others.

“It’s a bit of a shock, I was expecting it to be a little bit longer but it’s all for a good cause,” she said.

“It definitely feels a lot lighter – I keep reaching for it but its not there.

“I think I would do it again.”

Several of the students said they planned to head to the hair salon as soon as possible to neaten up the cut.

To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/perthcollege2018haircut.

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