Fri, April 20, 2018

Last week, Sheldon College Year 4 student, Alexandra Barr took the brave step of chopping off her long hair for charity. Alexandra donated her hair to the Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation which was founded in 2010 for the purpose of improving the lives of people living with Alopecia Areata and their families.

The decision to cut her hair was an easy one for Alexandra who said “When I was very little I wanted a bob but it didn’t look too good as I cut it myself. A few years have passed now and I thought it would be a good change and something nice to do for others, so I sent my ponytail off to the Alopecia Foundation so that some little girl who may have lost their hair, could have hair. I thought it would be a nice thing to do, but this time around, we went to see a hairdresser for the bob.”

“I told my Mum that I wanted to donate my hair so she helped me find an Australian Foundation to send it to.”

When Alexandra’s Mother Bernadette Barr, was asked how she felt about Alexandra’s decision to cut her hair, and a teary-eyed Bernadette said “Alexandra is a kind child who always thinks about others before her own needs. I feel so incredibly proud and I think the new hairstyle really shows Alexandra’s beautiful face even more now.”

Bernadette said, “I believe some children are here to be awesome and think about other people before they think about themselves and Alexandra has always been very kind and caring and worries about other people and how they feel.”

“We have had some friends who have gone through Cancer too. The donation to the Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation is really important as it takes at least four ponytails to make one wig. They will track Alexandra’s hair donation and send us a photo of the wig when it is made. The other special thing is that the Foundation actually gives the wigs to children in need, rather than charging for them.”

Before the big chop and subsequent donation, Alexandra also used the opportunity to launch a fundraising page to help a close family friend, Troy Harris, a Sunshine Coast Firefighter who is raising funds to have his benign brain tumour removed in Sydney, by world-renowned Surgeon, Dr Charlie Teo. The surgery will cost $100,000 and Alexandra helped to raise $2000 towards that fundraising goal through the support of her network of family and friends.

Bernadette said “I keep getting text messages from Troy saying “So many tears!” — he is so incredibly grateful for the help at this tough time.”

The Barr family claim to have super-fast growing hair, so they had better keep the scissors handy.