Wandoo prisoner cuts off hair in act of charity for Starlight Foundation


Starlight Foundation volunteer Tina Phan with a prisoner who raised funds by cutting off his hair. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au   d455091
Starlight Foundation volunteer Tina Phan with a prisoner who raised funds by cutting off his hair. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d455091

PROVING that charity knows no bounds, a prisoner at Wandoo Reintegration Facility has raised $1250 for the Starlight Foundation from behind bars.

The 22-year-old Wundowie man collected money for the children’s charity through sponsorship to cut off his dreadlocked rat’s tail.

Many of the donations came from fellow prisoners.

“I have a daughter at home and being in here, I can’t be around her,” the prisoner said.

“I just thought if she got sick or something, this is as close as I could come to helping out, and to helping other sick kids as well.

“A lot of the other prisoners also have kids so when they found what I was doing, they started asking if they could donate too.

“I went to the guards and they set it up so the rest of the boys could donate as well.”

Starlight Foundation volunteer Tina Phan was on hand last week to collect the donation.

“Starlight is the only organisation that has a permanent presence in every paediatric hospital in Australia,” she said.

“Our aim is to bring joy, fun and laughter into what could be a scary and boring time for kids in hospital.

“The money the prisoner has raised will go towards running our various in-hospital and outreach programs, and wish granting, similar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”

The act of charity was one of the prisoner’s last behind bars, with the man reunited with his four-year-old daughter after he was released at the weekend.