22 October, 2021
Hair Today – Gone Tomorrow
NINE year 12 students from Trinity Anglican School (TAS) sacrificed their locks in Cancer Council Queensland’s Ponytail Project campaign, raising a collective $8412.
The girls have spent the past year growing their locks to participate in this week’s ponytail chop, as the school community watched on.
TAS’ head of secondary school, Jo Baker said the school’s involvement in the Ponytail Project has taught students how to give back to and support their wider community.
“As a school, we proactively support these types of initiatives which develop a “sense of community” and empathy for others,” Ms Baker said.
This is the fourth year TAS has participated in the Ponytail Project while also being actively involved in several Cancer Council Queensland fundraising campaigns that include Daffodil Day among others.
“Cancer Council Queensland provides a wonderful range of services to people undergoing cancer treatment and the funds our students work hard to raise, helps to provide critical services that otherwise would not be available,” she said.
The Ponytail Project has more than 1000 fundraisers this year and has raised in excess of $750,000.
In 2015, a member of the St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School parent community was diagnosed with breast cancer. Students Beth Flint, Meg Fraser, Maria Cobain and Annabelle Crossley were moved to help – and launched a student-led fundraising initiative they called ‘The Ponytail Project’, believing that chopping off their ponytails was a small price to pay to support those impacted by cancer.
The Ponytail Project received an outpouring of support in its inaugural year, fuelling the drive for an annual campaign.
Sadly in 2016, St Margaret’s students had even more reason to support the initiative - the loss of a beloved teacher and past student Amanda Minotti, who passed away from cancer. Each year, participation and funds raised have grown. In 2018 Cancer Council Queensland launched Ponytail Project throughout Queensland. The next year it was expanded to South Australia and Western Australia.
To find out more about the Ponytail Project, or to donate and support these young women, visit https://www.ponytailproject.com.au/st/137/e