Iona Presentation College students lop off hair to make a difference


Kind of MADness: Year 12 Iona students (l-r) Caitlyn Sabatini, Hannah Howard, Maddy Smyth, Sofie Osborne and Meg Hampton lopped their ponytails for charity. Picture: Jon Bassett
Kind of MADness: Year 12 Iona students (l-r) Caitlyn Sabatini, Hannah Howard, Maddy Smyth, Sofie Osborne and Meg Hampton lopped their ponytails for charity. Picture: Jon Bassett

IONA Presentation College Students chopped off their pony tails during their week-long MAD (Making a Difference) for Social Justice campaign held until last Tuesday.

The students decided to cut off their hair so it could be used for breast cancer survivors’ wigs.

“Someone needed the hair more than we do,” student Hannah Howard (17), who grew her ponytail for 18 months for the fundraiser, said.

Students were sponsored when hairdressers Maurice Meade took off 20cm-40cm of their locks for Breast Cancer Care WA.

Other students had a cake stall, held a raffle, conducted a chase game called ‘Peg Attack’ and dressed all in pink to raise funds for other organisations during MAD Week.

Some of the money will be donated to Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans, which is fighting human trafficking in the Asia-Pacific.

“We have chosen ACRATH because the organisation was founded by Lucy Van Kessel, one of the Presentation Sisters at the college.” head girl Maddy Smyth (17) said.

The severed ponytails raised $800 of the $1400 gathered during MAD at the college.

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