As the end of the school year approaches, many Year 12 female students are thinking about how their hair will look for formals and graduation ceremonies. Instead, Mt Maria College Petrie student Hannah McPhail will be keeping her hair free from any treatments and styling, in preparation to have it cut off for cancer awareness and to raise much needed funds.
Hannah has taken up the Cancer Council’s Ponytail Project, Rock the Chop, which is a fundraising campaign that first originated in 2015 at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School in Ascot, Brisbane.
This comes after Hannah experienced the devastating effects of cancer within her own family.
When asked what she hopes her hair will be used for, the 17-year-old said she would like her hair to be used to make a wig that can help a cancer patient that has lost their own hair be “more confident in themselves”.
“I hope my hair can provide a great wig so the girl, whoever gets my hair, can have enough self-esteem to help them go out in public,” Hannah said in a video interview.
“So, they don’t feel ashamed or scared when people look and be like, ‘Oh wow, she’s bald because of cancer.’
“They can be more confident in themselves, and they can feel beautiful.
“So, I hope that’s what I can do with my hair.”
Further, Hannah went on to talk about how she would feel to see a cancer patient wearing a wig made from her hair.
“If I saw someone wearing my hair (wig), I’d feel very happy that they are looking so good and how they are more confident than they’ve ever been,” Hannah explained.
“I just want them to feel that there is a light at the end of their tunnel for them.
“And this is just one step to get their confidence back up to where it used to be.”
The student, who will graduate this year, is also hoping to raise $1,000 to help those and their families affected by cancer, along with helping to fund cancer research.
“I’d really like to get to $1,000,” Hannah said.
“So, if you can please donate, even if it’s just $5.
“It goes to an amazing cause, and (I) hope to get to $1,000 soon,” Hannah concluded.
You can support Hannah’s campaign by visiting her Cancer Council’s Ponytail Project fundraising page.