Locks off for cancer

CIARA PRATT
Last updated 05:00 15/04/2014
Beautiful Lengths at Rutherford College

BIG SACRIFICE: Angela Kim, 15, foreground, organised Beautiful Lengths at Rutherford College where female students cut off at least 20cm of hair for charity.

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Super busy Angela Kim spends most weekends volunteering for a number of charities and uses her spare time to organise events and lead her school's Zonta Club.

But the 15-year-old isn't complaining and says her mission is to encourage young people to make better use of their time.

"Teenagers probably have the most time out of anyone in the world but we're the laziest so I want to make it a trend to volunteer."

Events organised by the Rutherford College pupil at school include Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

Participants have at least 20cms of their hair cut off and donated to the Look Good Feel Better charity.

The hair is used to create wigs for women suffering from cancer and the effects of chemotherapy.

It's a cause close to Angela's heart because her mum has been treated for breast and numerous other cancers.

The student says she was amazed when 10 students and one teacher agreed to take part.

"For these girls their hair is like a security blanket so it's a brave thing to do.

"But women with cancer deserve to feel beautiful and happy with themselves just like every other human being.

"Volunteering my weekends with these women at the Look Good Feel Better workshops has helped me appreciate my life and realise how blessed I am."

Angela cut off 35cm of her own hair for the cause in front of a large crowd at her school and organised a raffle that raised more than $1200 for the charity.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths was launched in 2012 and has so far distributed 200 real-hair wigs.

Empowering young women to step up and help others is next on the agenda for Angela who's been elected as Rutherford's Zonta president.

"It does take up a lot of my time but I'm not missing out.

"I have grown heaps as a person from doing this work and it feels right using my time and effort to help others."

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