Hair with a heart of gold


April 11, 2019

Tags: Sponsorship

Our Tullamarine depot recently organised a donation drive to help our Mechanic Leading Hand Michael Fereday’s daughter, Mackenzie, raise raise funds for charity.

“When she was younger, Mackenzie had a friend who had leukaemia and he passed away at the age of three,” said Mel, her mother. “Mackenzie was four at the time. Her friend lost all his hair and that’s how she remembers him, so that really affected her.”

Mackenzie decided to donate her hair to make wigs for those who have lost their hair due to a medical condition, through Variety’s Hair with Heart initiative. The money raised goes directly back into its programs, helping kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.

“I may only be eight but I want to make a difference. So just before my ninth birthday on 5 April, I am going to cut my hair and donate it to kids in need. I’ve been growing my hair since I was six and only had a little trim since.”

Wigs cost families up to $6,000, lasting 1-2 years, meaning families can spend tens of thousands of dollars on the purchase of wigs throughout a child’s youth.

By making a donation to Variety, you can help provide a wig or other vital equipment to a child in need. Thank you for helping kids in need.” said Mackenzie in her appeal for donations.

On her big day last week, the Tullamarine team hosted a morning tea where Mackenzie’s braids were cropped off while Cleanaway staff raised funds through a donation drive and raffle.

Mackenzie showing off her freshly cropped locks with her proud parents, Mel and Michael.

Altogether, $2,300 was collected – $1,300 on that day and $1,000 through online donations, many times more than the projected goal of $500. All funds were donated to Mackenzie’s Hair with Heart initiative.

Well done Mackenzie. What an inspiration for charity and sustainability!

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