Local businesses are helping Millbank’s 33-year-old Zoe Rye fundraise to support sick children through Variety Children’s Charity.
In October Zoe will hold a cent sale at Burnett Bowls Club, and if she raises enough funds she will not only cut off her long hair that will be turned in to a wig, but she will shave her head for a good cause, Hair with Heart.
Zoe said this would be the first time she had stepped outside of her comfort zone to chop off the hair she had been growing most of her life.
“I’ve never done anything like this before, and (I’m) so thankful for the help and support from Ros and Kelly Kemp from Burnett Bowls Club, (and) Sue from Ken’s Kepnock Butcher,” she said.
The stay-at-home mum said there would be more than 150 prizes available, with raffles and lucky door prizes to be won at the fundraising event.
“I have always wanted to do one of these where you donate your hair as I’ve always been told I have such beautiful hair, and I do love my long hair, but it will always grow back, and some people don’t have simple things like their hair,” Zoe said.
“Anyone is welcome to come on the day, but (they) will need to book a table as there is limited tables and space.”
Zoe’s fundraising event will take place on Saturday, 9 October at Burnett Bowls Club, where she will cut off her long locks and donate it to Variety to be made into a wig for children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition such as alopecia.
Variety Australia executive director David Small said people like Zoe helped to make a big difference to kids.
“Variety doesn’t receive any government funding, so every wig and every piece of equipment granted to families is thanks to the amazing efforts of people like Zoe,” he said.
“We can’t thank people like Zoe enough for their dedicated efforts to help us help Aussie kids.
“Parents of kids who’ve been granted a Variety wig tell us it makes a huge difference to their child’s self-confidence and interest in taking part in social occasions or new experiences.”