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Schoolgirl Claire (14) donates her Rapunzel hair to raise funds for children with leukaemia

Clodagh Sheehy

Published 06/05/2014 | 11:30

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Young Claire O'Malley (14) who had her hair cut for The Rapunzel Foundation.
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Young Claire O'Malley (14) who had her hair cut for The Rapunzel Foundation. See Clodagh Sheehy Copy.
Young Claire O'Malley (14) who had her hair cut for The Rapunzel Foundation.
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Young Claire O'Malley (14) who had her hair cut for The Rapunzel Foundation. See Clodagh Sheehy Copy.
Claire O'Malley - Claire (14), a student from Rathfarnham - cut off her long hair to help children suffering from leukaemia
Claire O'Malley - Claire (14), a student from Rathfarnham - cut off her long hair to help children suffering from leukaemia

THIS young Dublin student chopped off her long tresses to help children devastated by hair loss.

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Claire O’Malley (14) has donated her long hair to an Irish charity which makes natural hair wigs for both adults and children suffering complete hair loss.

The 14-year-old, second year pupil, at Our Lady’s College in Terenure in Dublin tracked down the Rapunzel Foundation on the internet and found she could donate her hair to help make natural wigs.

“I wanted to help raise |awareness for people with cancer and help them\[Maeve Richardson\] as well,” said Claire.

“I cut my hair deliberately for this. I had long hair for years, I’ve never had short hair. I just went to a normal salon, put my hair into a ponytail and when it was cut off put it in an envelope to send to the Rapunzel Foundation.

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\[Maeve Richardson\]”I was a bit shocked afterwards but I wasn’t scared,” she added.

“It’s just hair and my short hair is really easy to wash now. I like it. I think I’ll keep it short.”

The schoolgirl from Butterfield Orchard in Rathfarnham would encourage other girls to donate their hair to this\[Maeve Richardson\] worthy cause.

“It will grow back. Wigs made from real hair look much better. They’re way better quality,” Claire said.

“Its not just for people with leukaemia, although it’s for them too, but there are so many people with hair loss for different reasons,” Claire said.

Anna Furlong, a hairdresser from New Ross, Co Wexford, set up the Rapunzel Foundation when her heart strings were tugged by a little girl coming to her salon to shape her wig for her First Communion.

The Foundation sends the hair to New Zealand to be made into wigs. Each wig costs about €3,000 and children need two a year because they are growing.

Irish Independent

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