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Hair with heart at St Ignatius' College


St Ignatius’ College students have gone to great lengths to raise money for the Childhood Cancer Foundation and Variety through their ‘Hair with Heart’ campaign.

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Gemma Puntillo with Ollie D’Annunzio from SPH & Co.

Led by Year 10 student Mia Elisea and Year 12 student Gemma Puntillo, more than 50 students have been raising funds by purchasing bandannas, beanies, funny socks, hair ribbons and pins in aid of the charities.

They were inspired by students personally impacted by the effects of cancer who came together early in 2021 with the aim of doing something to help.

“It was important to us to ensure that there were many opportunities for us all to get involved,” Gemma said.

On September 24, 23 students and two staff had their hair cut and they donated the trimmings for wigs for patients who have lost hair as a result of cancer treatment. Hairdressers from the local community (Amista Hair, Hair by Ji and SPH & Co) generously donated their time to perform the chop.

The ‘Hair with Heart’ campaign has raised more than $15,000 through an online fundraising platform.

“Cancer has a wide reaching impact and does not discriminate. We know that there are many in our community who have had their lives impacted by this disease and we would like to make a difference any way we can,” Mia said.


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