Kindergarten teacher Li Qing recently cut off much of her 1.6 metre hair to donate to charity. 25-year-old Qing, a resident of Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province in eastern China, had not had a haircut since she was eight years old.
Qing notes that living with this significant length of her came with its difficulties: to stop herself from tripping over her own hair, she had to tie it in a thick plait every day. The distinctive sight of Qing and her rapunzel-like hair led pupils to nickname her “Teacher Long Hair.”
Although Qing felt like her hair was like a “pal which grew up with me”, she readily parted with it after hearing frequent reports on the number of children in China living on the poverty line. This inspired the kind-hearted primary school teacher to sell her hair for money, and donate the proceeds to a local charity.
Qing said: "I am a kindergarten teacher, and love kids a lot. I would love to sell my hair to help some poor kids to enter into kindergarten."
After finding a buyer for the hair, Qing headed to a local barber shop for the big chop. The generous teacher said she was happy to give the hair away in order to help children in need.
Qing’s was able to raise £400 (4200 yuan) as a result of her trip to the hairdresser’s.
We at Belgravia Hair are long-time supporters of Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes real-hair wigs for children who have lost hair from cancer treatment, or from other hair loss conditions such as Alopecia.
Little Princess Trust relies on hair donations from the public in order to make these personalised wigs. Each wig is painstakingly put together and, due to their particularly small sizes, can cost up to £2,000 each. Therefore hair donations and fundraising is crucial to enable Little Princess Trust to continue to provide wigs made from real hair to better the lives of children in need.
MacMillan Cancer Support is another well-known UK-based charity. Their mission is to provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. Although they don’t accept hair donations per se, many supporters will undergo a dramatic haircut - often shaving their head entirely - in order to raise money for the charity.
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