Young volunteer donates hair for cancer
NOT too many five-year-olds invest into a cancer fundraiser like Ivy Cornell.
The young World's Greatest Shave volunteer raised more than $2700 for the Leukaemia foundation.
Ivy diligently grew her hair so it could be made into wigs for kids with cancer.
She donated three pony tails at 50cm in total to be sent to the variety foundation, which specialises in wigs for kids suffering with cancer.
The passion to help kids with cancer started when Ivy saw a video of a little girl suffering from cancer, being gifted a wig.
Mum Jodi Cornell said Ivy had said right then she wanted to donate her hair for some kids with cancer.
The family first thought this was a passing comment, however Ivy was determined to help and asked consistently over six months.
"We thought we would align it with the world's greatest shave and help raise money for people who were suffering from blood cancer as well," Ms Cornell said.
The guidelines for the variety foundation are much stricter than the leukaemia foundation which uses some hair for wigs, but mostly to absorb oil spills.
To be accepted by the variety foundation for a wig, the hair must be 35cm in length and never had been coloured.
Ms Cornell said she was very proud of her daughter and her efforts for the wigs and fundraiser.
Thousands of Australians across the country like Ivy cut, dyed or shaved their hair to help families beat their blood cancer.
More than $11 million has been raised by the World's Greatest shave fundraisers and supporters so far, according to the Leukaemia Foundation.