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It took three year’s hard slog growing her hair, but by the middle of 2016, 13-year-old Neve had managed to grow her hair long enough to sit on the end of her long locks!
But rather than ‘rest on her locks’, the compassionate teenager then decided she wanted to cut it all off and donate her tresses to create a wig for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy treatment or through alopecia.
As well as donating her hair, thanks to the generosity of her family and friends who sponsored her big chop, Neve raised over $1500 for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation to support the Paediatric Oncology Ward at PMH.
Neve was inspired to do the fundraiser for her friend Conor.
“My friend Conor has spent most of his life at PMH so I wanted to raise money for the hospital, and because my hair was going to make wigs, I thought I should donate the money to the cancer ward,” she said.
Despite her young age, Neve approached the fundraiser with gusto.
“We had a GoFundMe page that my mum put on her Facebook and I talked to my sport mates and school friends about it so I could get as much money as possible,” she said.
“I loved seeing all the beautiful comments people wrote to me, saying what a good thing I was doing and also how seeing how many people are interested in raising money for such a good cause.
“It made me feel proud to be able to say that I was helping people in need.”
“When I cut my hair I was scared and cried a little bit. But I kept thinking about how I was going to help others. By the time it was done I LOVED my new shorter hair.
“I hope that the kids feel happy and confident in their new wigs and that the money I raised will go to help kids with cancer to make their lives a bit more comfortable. It made me feel really good that I could help others.”
As for advice to other children or young people considering their own community fundraiser to support the Foundation, Neve has this advice:
1. “Don’t be afraid. It’s going to be a bit scary but the outcome is what matters.”
2. “Tell everyone about raising money. It really surprised me how many people gave me money. Not only was it our friends but also people who we had never met before, who had seen the GoFundme page and decided to do a good thing. Try to raise as much as possible because you will feel better about it later.”
We are privileged to be part of so many amazing stories here at the Foundation, but it’s always especially touching when we hear about the ways that kids give back to help other kids being cared for at PMH.