Many people go the extra mile for charity, but for six-year-old Longford girl Lucy Jones-Donnellan, all that was needed was 12 inches.
Earlier this year, Lucy donated her ponytail - which contained 12 inches of hair - to the Rapunzel Foundation, a charity which helps people with hair loss through the manufacture of natural hair wigs, information and story-sharing.
According to the charity’s website, www.rapunzelfoundation.com, the collection of ponytails from donors helps to address a global wig-hair shortage and helps to alleviate the cost of purchasing for those who need help the most.
“I saw the Rapunzel Charity on Facebook,” said Lucy when asked how she got the idea to donate her hair.
“We found out that Zara’s hairdressers in Longford are one of the registered salons for Rapunzel,” Lucy’s mother, Charlene Keenan, continued. “We went in and asked them if they could do it and they said yes.”
Lucy, who is a pupil at Stonepark National School, had to sacrifice her ponytail in order to have enough hair to create a wig, but that didn’t put her off. In fact, not even her parents’ upcoming wedding could persuade her to postpone doing it!
“I was trying to talk her out of getting her hair cut until after the wedding, but she wanted to do it and that was that,” laughed Charlene.
Her hair donation to the Rapunzel Foundation isn’t the only charity work that Lucy, who is a huge One Direction fan, has undertaken.
“My brother Eddie is in the army and he was heading out to the Lebanon on UN duty, and Lucy sent out her old soothers with him so that the babies out there could use them,” Charlene said. “It was all her own idea.”
And that’s not all. Lucy and her family are also attempting to arrange a toddlers marathon to raise funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin.
“We hope it will take place in The Mall,” Lucy’s grandmother, Catherine Keenan added. “I have a grandson who has cerebral palsy and he goes to Temple Street on a regular basis and my brother is in contact with the hospital at the moment to make the arrangements. We’re also looking into staging a mock wedding to raise more funds.”