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Bray’s Olivia Canavan (9) raises €7,000 for children’s charities with live hair cut on Ireland AM

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Elaine Crowley, Olivia and her mam Joanne.

Elaine Crowley, Olivia and her mam Joanne.

Olivia prepares for her cut live on air.

Olivia prepares for her cut live on air.

Olivia's hair is measured before the big cut.

Olivia's hair is measured before the big cut.

Olivia with the hair she donated.

Olivia with the hair she donated.

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Elaine Crowley, Olivia and her mam Joanne.

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A nine-year-old girl from Bray has had her hair cut live on national television to help raise funds for sick children. Olivia Canavan appeared on Ireland AM last week where she explained to host Elaine Crowley that she had wanted to donate her hair to charity since her grandmother passed five years ago.

While Olivia’s long tresses will now go to the Little Princess Trust which creates wigs for children undergoing hair loss, Olivia has also managed to raise almost €7,000 through her endeavours.

That money will be donated to the Locks of Love for LauraLynn campaign which helps children with life-limiting conditions. The person tasked with this incredibly important job was Olive Tucker Lee from House of Colour and she decided to cut Olivia’s hair in two parts because it was so long and full-bodied. 

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“The show’s presenter, Elaine Crowley, was really supportive and helped Olivia during the actual cutting, an emotional moment by any standard,” said Olivia’s grandfather Philip. “After the initial cutting, Olivia went back to the make-up rooms to have her hair styled by Olive. Just after 11 a.m., Olivia was back live with the finished look. Her comment on it ‘I love my new hair style’.”

Olivia’s parents Joanne and Jay said they were both incredibly proud of their daughter, a sentiment shared by Philip.  “I can’t begin to express just how bursting with pride that my eldest granddaughter has already developed a sense of doing good for other people.”

The Locks of Love for LauraLynn - Hair Donation Fundraiser allows people to set up a fundraiser when cutting their hair and help two charities, LauraLynn and The Little Princess Trust.

You can donate 12 inches or more of your hair to The Little Princess Trust, who in turn provide free, real hair, wigs to both children and adults who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.


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