Myanmar refugee donates hair to help make wigs for people with cancer

Eh Paw a refugee from Myanmar with Mandy Witton who has terminal cancer. Mandy helped settle Eh in Australia, and she then donated her hair for a wig.
Eh Paw a refugee from Myanmar with Mandy Witton who has terminal cancer. Mandy helped settle Eh in Australia, and she then donated her hair for a wig.

BEDFORD resident Mandy Witton inspired refugee Eh Paw to donate her hair to help people with cancer.

The women met through Ms Witton’s work at the Edmund Rice Centre in Mirrabooka after Ms Paw arrived in Australia from fleeing Myanmar.

They became close and Ms Paw learned her friend had terminal cancer.

She heard about donating hair to make wigs for women with cancer so, inspired by Ms Witton’s condition, she and her nine-year-old daughter decided to cut their long hair to donate to Breast Cancer Care WA.

“It’s just such a lovely thing for her to do, it’s her way of doing something for the broader community,” Ms Witton said.

“Having been through it myself…when you lose your hair it’s one of the worst things that happens to you, you lose your identity.

“To be able to help someone like that is just great.”

Ms Witton was a multicultural community liaison at the Edmund Rice Centre, where she worked for nearly 20 years before needing to stop because of illness.

“It was just a passion of mine, I loved every minute of it,” she said.

“It’s really nice to have this ongoing relationship and to have that in the community.”

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