Loreto students sacrifice their long locks for a good cause

Maddy Davey and Gabby Wren have sacrified their long locks for a good cause.

The Loreto College year 12 students last week had 35cm lopped off their locks to donate to Variety to make in to wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer or a medical conditions.

The final chop, in front of their classmates, came after an intense bidding war for the right to make the first cut.

That auction raised $440 out of a total of $1500 the pair raised for the charity.

It was a particularly momentous day for Maddy, who celebrated her 18th birthday with her first ever short head of hair.

CHOPPED: Loreto students Gabby Wren and Maddy Davey before having their long hair cut for Variety to make wigs for children with cancer. Picture: Lachlan Bence

CHOPPED: Loreto students Gabby Wren and Maddy Davey before having their long hair cut for Variety to make wigs for children with cancer. Picture: Lachlan Bence

“I’ve never really had short hair. I just wanted to give a bit of help to sick kids and improve their lives. I said to Gabby one day that I’d like to cut my hair short and she said she wanted too as well.”

Gabby had the idea to donate their locks to make wigs.

“In year seven, two girls shaved their heads for charity and that inspired me,” she said.

She was nervous before the chop, but reassured it was for a good cause.

Speaking after the cut, she was surprised at how light her head felt. “My neck doesn’t hurt as much!”

According to Variety, wigs cost families up to $6000 and last one or two years.

“Families can spend tens of thousands of dollars on the purchase of wigs throughout a child’s youth.”

Hairdresser Leah Tiley, a former Loreto student herself, was on hand to tidy up the crude chops.