A nine-year-old girl from Bray had her hair cut live on national television to help raise money for sick children. Olivia Canavan appeared on Ireland AM last week where she told host Elaine Crowley that she had wanted to donate her hair to charity since her grandmother died five years ago.
While Olivia’s long tresses will now go to the Little Princess Trust which creates wigs for children with hair loss, Olivia has also managed to raise almost €7,000 through her efforts.
This money will be donated to the Locks of Love for LauraLynn campaign which helps children with life-limiting conditions. The person in charge of this incredibly important job was Olive Tucker Lee from House of Color and she decided to cut Olivia’s hair in two parts because it was so long and full bodied.
“The show’s presenter, Elaine Crowley, was very supportive and helped Olivia through the actual cutting, a touching moment in every way,” Olivia’s grandfather, Philip, said. . “After the initial cut, Olivia returned to the make-up rooms to get her hair done by Olive. Just after 11 a.m., Olivia was back live with the finished look. Her comment about it “Love my new hairstyle” .
Olivia’s parents, Joanne and Jay, said they were both incredibly proud of their daughter, a sentiment shared by Philip. “I can’t begin to express how my eldest granddaughter has already developed a sense of doing good for others.”
The Locks of Love for LauraLynn – Hair Donation Fundraiser allows people to set up a fundraiser when they cut their hair and help two charities, LauraLynn and The Little Princess Trust.
You can donate 12 inches or more of your hair to The Little Princess Trust, which in turn provides free real hair and wigs to children and adults who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment or other conditions.