Selfless act supports Relay for Life

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Windsor North School pupil Libby Winter (7) prepares to cut her long hair to raise money for the Cancer Society Relay for Life 2018.

IN a selfless act for one so young, seven-year-old Windsor North School pupil Libby Winter will cut off her long hair in support of the Relay for Life Southland 2018 fundraiser next month.

Libby said she was inspired to do the fundraiser after a girl at her school did the same thing two years ago.

After growing her hair for two years specifically for the fundraiser, she said she was now feeling excited rather than nervous about finally having her 35cm-long hair cut.

Her hair would be given to those who made wigs for cancer patients and all the proceeds raised from cutting her hair would be donated to the Cancer Society of New Zealand, Otago-Southland branch.

Libby’s father Daryll said the cause was a personal one for the family, as he had lost both his parents, an aunt and a cousin to cancer.

“[Cancer] is pretty rampant in my family.”

Mr Winter said Libby had a very caring nature and was always the first to help her friends at school, so he and his wife Andrea were not surprised she was doing this.

“It’s just the kind of kid she is. You do not normally see kids that young doing things like this for people they don’t know. It’s just blown me away. I am so proud.”

Libby’s initial goal was to raise $500, but as of Monday this week she had raised $805.67 on her Everyday Hero page.

“That [goal] was blown out of the water in the first week,” Mr Winter said.

The family had now set a new goal of $1500. Libby is getting her hair cut on Tuesday, March 6, at Surrender Hair Design & Beauty.To support Libby’s fundraiser, go to https://give.everydayhero.com/nz/libby-cuts-for-charity

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