Sisters do it for Rapunzel

This is the story of Leah and Ella Caroll from Skeagh, Callan who recently had their lovely, long locks cut after leaving it grow for years. Leah (12) and Ella (8) have only had their hair cut once before in their entire lives. Pupils of Clara National School they were recently trimmed for charity. This is their story told in the words of older sister Leah. And they are thinking of leaving their grow for another five or six years in order to help those less fortunate than themselves.

This is the story of Leah and Ella Caroll from Skeagh, Callan who recently had their lovely, long locks cut after leaving it grow for years. Leah (12) and Ella (8) have only had their hair cut once before in their entire lives. Pupils of Clara National School they were recently trimmed for charity. This is their story told in the words of older sister Leah. And they are thinking of leaving their grow for another five or six years in order to help those less fortunate than themselves.

My name is Leah Carroll and I live in Callan. I am 12 years old and I m in sixth class in clara National School.

Last summer, my younger sister ella who is eight years old to get our hair cut. My mam Rachel suggested donating our hair seeing as it was so long. We looked up charities connected to hair on the internet and found a charity called Rapunzel Ponytails, founded by Anna Furlong in New Ross, Co Wexford.

We arrived at the salon at 11am on Saturday, February 11. Our hair had to be washed, dried and then straightened. A number of hairdressers then put into 12 inch (30cm) ponytails and cut the ponytails off.

The ponytails will be sent to New Zealand and bought by a wig making company and made into wigs. The money made from selling the ponytails will be used by the Rapunzel Foundation to help buy wigs for adults and children suffering from alopecia and cancer.

It costs between E2,000 and E3,000 to buy one wig. It also takes between 20 and 30 ponytails to make a specialist wig. The vacuum wigs are made using only untreated human hair and are attached to the head by a silicone cap which is then tinted to match the child’s skin colour. The end result is a wig that is practically impossible to detect from a normal head of hair.

But perhaps even more important is the fact that it will stay in place no matter what. This means that children are free to enjoy everyday activities with confidence.

People can get in touch with Anna Furlong at annafurlonghairsalon@eircom.net or write to Anna Furlong, 53 South Street, New Ross, Co Wexford or call 087-2888267 or 051-421287.