A ten-year-old Cootamundra student from Sacred Heart Central School has not only raised $2,649 for child leukaemia sufferers, her plait will go to make a wig for a child who's lost hair during treatment.
Ten-year-old Leila Ismay was amused and amazed when her plait was cut off at the end of school term last week.
The plait was cut off by her father, Leading Senior Constable Luke Ismay, watched by her fellow students, primary and secondary, at Cootamundra's Sacred Heart Central School.
It was the culmination of Leila's one-person fund raising campaign to contribute through the "World's Greatest Shave" program to help child sufferers from leukaemia.
And what a success! By yesterday she had raised $2,649 for the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia - and not only that, she has a plait which will be used to help create a wig for children who lose their own hair during cancer treatment.
During the holidays, Leila and her Nana will personally hand over the plait at the Leukaemia Foundation's head office at Chatswood, in Sydney.
The haircut - Leila lost all her hair and was bald as a badger by the end of proceedings - was held at Sacred Heart after the school's cross-country run, and just before students returned to class for their final lesson of first term.
Leila's mother, Naomi and a friend Ruth McDevitt, helped the fund-raiser early March by doing a sponsored 26 km walk from Stockinbingal to Cootamundra.
"She did so well, it's such a kind thing to do - and the get-together to watch the shave just shows the good community spirit of the school," Ms Ismay said.