Brave Aryana is a cut above at helping her little brother
"MY hair will grow back but my little brother can't even talk."
These were the selfless words of a nine-year-old girl, Aryana Nieland, who yesterday shaved off all of her hair to help her little brother, Tristan, who has special needs.
Aryana's mother, Angela, from Cabinteely in Dublin, said she could never get her little girl to agree to even a trim, but yesterday Aryana willingly marched to her local hairdressers and held her breath while her long, dark locks were shaved off.
Aryana had previously spotted a Today FM 'Shave or Dye' campaign ad on the side of a bus and decided to do a little fundraising of her own to help her brother.
Six-year-old Tristan is profoundly disabled, can't speak and suffers from constant epileptic seizures.
Aryana was devastated when she learned that Tristan's swimming and equine therapy at Carmona Special School in Dun Laoghaire may be cut due to funding. So she decided to take matters into her own hands by designing her own sponsorship forms and posters for a charity head shave.
So far she has managed to raise €3,000 for her brother's school.
Aryana, who is a third-class pupil of Rathdown School in Glenageary, Co Dublin, was surrounded by her classmates yesterday who were on hand to lend their support.
They looked on in stunned silence as first Aryana's long ponytail was cut off and then the remainder of her hair was shaved off.
"It is very exciting," said an ecstatic Aryana. "I was scared when they were shaving it but I am so proud to do this for my brother," she added.