Aghada Girl Donates Hair to the Rapunzel Foundation and raises €1,150 for Cork Cancer Charities

By Alan Sheehan

Marisa Godfrey holding her newly cut hair for Rapunzel.

An 11-year-old girl from Aghada had her hair cut in order to donate it to the Rapunzel Foundation last Friday while also using the opportunity to raise # €1,150 for Cork cancer charities.
Marisa Godfrey had 16 inches of her hair cut so it could be donated to make wigs for those living with hair loss, while also fundraising for the Giving For Living Radiothon.
“My daughter got her hair cut in Fusion in Midleton for the Rapunzel Foundation on Friday evening, said Donal Godfrey. “They make wigs for children with cancer and alopecia. She had 16 inches of her hair cut. She also raised€1,150 for the Giving For Living Radiothon as well. Sinn Fein TD Pat Buckley was there as well to give support. We handed over the money the next day and Marisa was also interviewed on the radio.”
The Rapunzel Foundation is a charitable organisation that works to improve the lives of those living with hair loss through fundraising and hair-raising, the latter which is achieved through the group’s Ponytail campaign in which people donate hair to be used for wig making.
“Marisa just got the idea in her head and went with it,” Donal said of his daughter. “She saw the Late Late Toy Show last year or the year before and there were kids who had cancer featured on it. She wondered how the kids were bald in hospital but had hair when they went home. She found out about the Rapunzel Foundation then and how they take the hair and make it into wigs.
Those wishing to donate hair must grow it out past 14 inches and not have it chemically treated or coloured. Salons registered with the Rapunzel foundation, such as Fusion Hair Design, will cut such hair for free once its agreed that the hair will be donated to the group, after which will be sent to Freedom Hair, a New Zealand company that specialises in making high quality wigs.
The Giving For Living Radiothon, which Marisa also raised money for through the same act, will benefit Cork cancer charities such as Mercy University Hospital, Marymount University Hospital and Hospice, Cork University Hospital, Cork ARC Cancer Support House and Breakthrough Cancer Research.