Farrin Brown loved her long hair – but she loves what Ronald McDonald House has done for her sick brother more – and she proved it at the weekend.
The 12-year-old Invercargill girl had her long locks cut off – she had never had her hair cut since she was born, only trimmed, but the incentive of raising money for Ronald McDonald House was well worth it, she said.
Her older brother Cohen, 18, is a regular visitor to Ronald McDonald House; he suffers from the rare type 1 neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition that causes tumours in the nerve endings of his body.
Farrin wanted to give something back to the house, so decided to raise money by selling chocolate bars on Trade Me and chopping off her hair.
Her efforts have raised $1530, and the sum will increase when the Dunedin wigmaker who receives her hair also donates to Ronald McDonald House.
Farrin said yesterday her head felt a bit cold but she had no complaints. She hoped the money would be spent on things like toys for the children and food for families visiting Ronald McDonald House, she said.
Farrin's proud mother, Christine, said the family spent a lot of time at Ronald McDonald House and Farrin wanted to give some love back to the place her daughter called a home away from home.
Mum liked her girl's new look.
"She looked amazing with her hair, but even without it, she looks absolutely stunning."
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