In March this year a mum of three young children from Samaritan College, Megan Travers, was diagnosed with breast cancer at only 41 years old.
About two weeks later another mother of three from the same campus was diagnosed with lung cancer, she is also in her early 40s and is a non-smoker.
As the semester has progressed more Samaritan families have received the devastating news that a family member has been diagnosed with cancer.
This can create a huge strain physically, emotionally and financially on the whole family, especially in a regional area.
Additionally, treatments can cause a wide range of side effects – one of which is the loss of hair.
Saint Mary MacKillop said, “Never see a need without doing something about it.” Three members of the Samaritan College Community have donated their hair for wigs.
Their aim is to not only raise money for Samaritan families, but also to raise awareness of what can be done to check for cancer, and ensure that we are all taking care of our health.
Matilda Travers, aged 9, and Nora-Kate Cowan, 10, are two very brave and compassionate students who have cut their hair short to donate their long locks as wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy.
Teacher Tash Free is shaving her head and donating her hair to Variety the Children’s Charity for a wig.
Matilda wants to donate her hair for somebody who needs it.
“I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while, but when my mum got sick I really wanted to do it more.”
Nora-Kate, in year 5, said, “A few people in my family have experienced cancer. I wanted to raise awareness. Cancer is a horrible thing and I want to do something to help.”
An account was set up following a successful luncheon earlier in the year to support local Samaritan families going through financial hardship as part of their cancer journey.
The account details are:
BSB: 015 720
If you wish to donate.