Selfless Longford girl Shauna donates her poneytail

Selfless Longford girl Shauna donates her poneytail

Not everyone is blessed with a beautiful head of hair and when Shauna Doyle from Moydow read an article about the hard work of the Rapunzel Foundation, she wanted to help.

It took Shauna a long time to grow her beautiful, long hair, but only a moment to decide to cut it all off after her nana showed her the article about people in need.

The Rapunzel Foundation is a charitable organisation that works to improve the lives of those living with hair loss through fundraising, as well as through hair-raising.

Hair is raised through the Rapunzel Foundation’s Ponytail campaign, where people commit to growing their hair 14 inches or longer, before getting it cut at one of Rapunzel’s registered hair salons.

The hair is then sent away and used to make a beautiful wig to help improve the life of someone living with alopecia. Alopecia is a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system attacks hair follicles, stopping hair growth and causing baldness.

This can be very a very difficult condition to live with and it can take up to 25 ponytails to make one wig, so a big donation like Shauna’s will go a long way towards helping someone in need.

“Congratulations to a very special girl. It’s such a selfless thing to do at such a young age. Well done Shauna,” said the staff at Zara Exclusive Hair Design, Rapunzel’s registered salon in Longford town.

Shauna attends St. Mel’s National School in Ardagh and is a member of the Ardagh Ladybirds and Brownies, where she has earned her Guide Community Action badge for making a difference in the community.

“Shauna is a very kind-hearted young girl and we are very proud of her. And thank you to Zara Exclusive Hair Design who made Shauna feel so special for donating her beautiful hair,” said Shauna’s parents, Frank and Angela Doyle of their daughters selfless act. 

Well done to Shauna for being so charitable and selfless.

If you would like to donate your hair to the Rapunzel Foundation, like Shauna did, you can find out more information at www.rapunzelfoundation.ie.