What Katie did for very good causes...

By amy lewis

Published 13/08/2016 | 00:00

Katie with the ponytail she had cut off for Rapunzel.
Katie with the ponytail she had cut off for Rapunzel.
Katie before the chop, with sister Lauren who wants to follow in big sister's footsteps by growing her own hair for donation to Rapunzel.

People across the town are keen to steal a glimpse of 8-year-old Katie Still's new hairdo since she chopped off her long locks for the Rapunzel Foundation.

After three years of growing her strawberry blonde hair, the Maudlintown youngster paid a visit to Kara's Hair Salon in Wexford where she parted ways with a 17-inch long ponytail. This hair will be used by The Rapunzel Foundation to make wigs for children who have lost their hair through illness.

The idea to donate her hair has been on Katie's mind for over two years but she decided to wait until after her Communion in May to do it. It was through a conversation with her Mum Louise that she first learned about the work of the Rapunzel Foundation.

'I mentioned it to her one day and she thought it was a lovely idea. She likes the idea of someone else having her strawberry blonde hair,' explained Louise.

In the run-up to the haircut, Katie travelled around her local community and told friends and neighbours about her initiative. Through donations, she managed to raise just over €1,000 which she will present to Wexford General Hospital to help young children with diabetes.

'Katie wanted to give to a local charity and, as her cousin suffers from diabetes, she has always been quite curious about it,' explained Louise. 'The money she raised will help to fund days out that the hospital organise for young people with the illness and their families.'

In September, Katie will get to experience one of these events for herself as she has been invited to a fun day at Carne Beach. It will allow her to see firsthand what her donations have been put towards.

Katie's initiative has rubbed off on her younger sister Lauren, who is now keen to grow her own hair for the cause in future.

People across the town are keen to steal a glimpse of 8-year-old Katie Still's new hairdo since she chopped off her long locks for the Rapunzel Foundation.

After three years of growing her strawberry blonde hair, the Maudlintown youngster paid a visit to Kara's Hair Salon in Wexford where she parted ways with a 17 inch long ponytail. This hair will be used by The Rapunzel Foundation to make wigs for children who have lost their hair through illness.

The idea to donate her hair has been on Katie's mind for over two years but she decided to wait until after her communion in May to do it. It was through a conversation with her Mum Louise that she first learned about the work of the Rapunzel Foundation.

'I mentioned it to her one day and she thought it was a lovely idea. She likes the idea of someone else having her strawberry blonde hair,' explained Louise.

In the run up to the haircut, Katie travelled around her local community and told friends and neighbours about her initiative. Through donations, she managed to raise just over €1,000 which she will present to Wexford General Hospital to help young children with diabetes.

'Katie wanted to give to a local charity and, as her cousin suffers from diabetes, she has always been quite curious about it,' explained Louise. 'The money she raised will help to fund days out that the hospital organise for young people with the illness and their families.'

In September, Katie will get to experience one of these events for herself as she has been invited to a fun day at Carne Beach. It will allow her to see firsthand what her donations have been put towards.

Katie's initiative has rubbed off on her younger sister Lauren, who is now keen to grow her own hair for the cause in future.

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