In an incredible display of generosity, over 60 St Margaret’s girls have cut off their ponytails to donate to those who have lost their hair due to a medical condition whilst also raising funds for Queenslanders affected by cancer.
Now in its third year, the Ponytail Project has gathered a groundswell of community support and attention raising over $47,000 for Cancer Council Queensland and the Minotti Trust (established in support of the family of a St Margaret’s staff member who lost her life to cancer).
The student-led initiative started in 2015 after a member of the St Margaret’s parent community was diagnosed with breast cancer. In its first year the project raised $20,000 for Cancer Council Queensland. Last year, $30,500 was raised.
Not only has the community rallied behind the girls but the media also got behind the project this year, sending the fundraising target soaring.
The day started with many of our students rising a little earlier than usual for breakfast radio and television commitments. Year 12 students Hannah Lane and Chelsea Walker helped raise awareness on ABC 612 whilst simultaneously a group of our boarders had their ponytails cut live on national television for the Today Show.
ABC Radio National, 96.5 radio and The Huffington Post also showed their support for the Ponytail Project.
During lunch, more than 50 girls lined up to have their ponytails cut by hairdressers from Clayfield’s Boston Salon, who supported the event for the third consecutive year. It was a vibrant and lively event of hair cutting, braiding and cheering as each girl’s hair was cut, changing the lives of others one ponytail at a time.
Ms Curtis said the school has always tried to instil in students that if they can make a difference, they should.
“We are very proud of the students’ generosity and motivation to make a difference in the lives of others,” said she said.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan commended the students on their efforts and dedication to the cause.
“With the help of the students at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, we are making a tangible difference in the fight against cancer and we cannot thank them enough.
“Funds raised enable Cancer Council Queensland to invest in vital cancer research, early detection and prevention programs, and local support services for Queenslanders affected by cancer,” Ms McMillan said.