Different look adopted to help children with cancer
Korlina Volkov, 15, spent around three years growing her hair to 70cm long, and had it completely shaved off in support of children with cancer.
She collected many small donations, equating to $4500 for the Child Cancer Foundation, and also donated her hair to be made into a wig by Dunedin company Freedom Hair.
The hair had to be at least 20cm long, unbleached, permanently coloured or chemically treated. Grey hair is difficult to use in the wig-making process, so hair could not be more than 5 per cent grey.
Korlina's tresses ticked all the boxes, so Freedom Hair paid her $95 for four 70cm long plaits, which will be made into a wig for someone who needs it.
That money will also go to the Child Cancer Foundation.
Korlina had a friend who had cancer as a child, but apart from that it is a charity that pulls her heart strings.
"I just think they deserve all the help and support they can get. The kids are always so happy and positive," Korlina said.
Korlina, a Roncalli College student, is a competitive swimmer and trains eight times a week. "Having it short will be much easier for swimming. It feels really light and I can feel the wind on my head, " she said.
Lopping it all off isn't a decision that Korlina regrets as there are currently more South Canterbury children under cancer treatment than ever before.
The Timaru Herald