Territorian loses locks for kids with cancer

17-Jan-2017

Charles Darwin University staffer Esther Browne donates hair to Variety NT

Charles Darwin University staffer Esther Browne donates hair to Variety NT


A Charles Darwin University staffer has cut off almost half a metre of her hair for a charity that makes wigs for child cancer patients.

Esther Browne said she decided to lose her locks and raise money for Variety NT children’s charity after it supported her 10-year-old cousin who was diagnosed with Leukemia.

Ms Browne recently got the chop at CDU Palmerston’s Hair and Beauty Salon, and said 55 pledgers had donated more than $2500 to her Everyday Hero online fundraiser.

“It was my way of trying to make a little person smile while feeling so sick,” she said.

“It’s about fitting in and feeling normal and, when you’re a kid without any hair, you stand out.”

Ms Browne said human hair wigs were a high expense for families, costing up to $6000 each and lasting one to two years.

Donations can be made to Ms Browne’s Everyday Hero campaign until 31 December, at W: alopecia.everydayhero.com/au/esther-s-big-chop