Scots PGC College students Samantha Robertson, Sophie Osborn, Holly, Anita Wu and Tshinta Kendall will all be bold and chop their locks to give back to the community.
Scots PGC College students Samantha Robertson, Sophie Osborn, Holly, Anita Wu and Tshinta Kendall will all be bold and chop their locks to give back to the community. Marian Faa

CHOP TO IT: Girls' huge act of bravery in bid to give back

SIX teenage girls have made the bold decision to chop off their long, luscious hair just a couple of weeks from graduating high school.

The students hope the charitable move, in support of those diagnosed with cancer, is the start a new tradition that will carry on for years to come.

Scots PGC College students Samantha Robertson, Sophie Osborn, Anita Wu, Holly Wickham, Tshinta Kendall and Bridget Hegerty said the cut was about supporting a cause close to their hearts. .

"I've had many members of my finally affected by cancer on both sides and it is such a devastating thing," Tshinta said.

"You're powerless against it when it happens. Anything you can do to help the people you love and alleviate the burden is just a good thing to do, I think."

For the girls, who have each seen loved ones battle cancer, the Ponytail Project was chance for actions to speak louder than words.

"I have family members that do have cancer currently, so it's sort of doing it for them as well," Samantha said.

"It is sort of hard to talk about it, so this is my way of showing that I appreciate everything they do for me and that time is precious."

Overwhelmed by the support they received from friends, family and their school, the girls have already smashed their fundraising target and have raised more than $5500.

The money will go towards supporting families and researching a cure through Cancer Council Queensland.

As they step out into the world, the girls hope to inspire younger students and leave their school with a new tradition.

"We hope to show the younger kids that it is important to give back and looks aren't everything," Holly said.

"I hope they will take a step back and go 'I want to do something like that'."

The girls will cut their hair at a school assembly this morning.

Scots PGC College students Samantha Robertson, Sophie Osborn, Holly, Anita Wu and Tshinta Kendall will all be bold and chop their locks to give back to the community.
Scots PGC College students Samantha Robertson, Sophie Osborn, Holly, Anita Wu and Tshinta Kendall will all be bold and chop their locks to give back to the community. Marian Faa

You can donate to the Scots girls' campaign by visiting: https://ponytailproject.everydayhero.com/au/scots-pgc-college?fbclid=IwAR3p9KMaxsl4qBNKK36k5HUiUTAJot3k3UYM2Ja65LtNL0FrMEsoiXqEQzI



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