Mother and daughter Sarah and Caitlin Hall have proved to be a cut above the rest, raising over $2,137 in support of the Joan Kirner Women's and Children's at Sunshine Hospital, by cutting off their hair.
The hair-raising challenge took place on July 1 at Salon Adamo at Sunshine Hospital.
Eleven-year old Caitlin was inspired to undertake the challenge after one of her friends participated in the World's Greatest Shave.
"I had been thinking about donating my hair for a while after my grandad passed away from cancer," said Caitlin.
"Recently one of my best friends donated to the World's Greatest Shave and it gave me the inspiration. As soon as I found out my hair was long enough I was completely committed to doing it."
"I love my long hair…but at least mine can grow back, unlike other peoples. And it's for a great cause."
The pair researched many different organisations that would accept donated hair, until they came across a charity that was a perfect fit for them both.
"We decided to donate our ponytails to Sustainable Salons Australia as they make wigs for both adults and children experiencing medically-induced hair loss," said Sarah.
"I wasn't actually planning on cutting my hair, however, I said to Caitlin that if my hair is long enough I will donate it too. Caitlin immediately found a tape measure and the rest is history."
In addition to donating their hair, the pair decided to turn the event into a fundraiser for the new Joan Kirner Women's and Children's, as Sarah works for Western Health.
"We decided we'd like to raise money for the Joan Kirner Women's and Children's because it's a new hospital. It fits with us, being a mother and daughter."
"We've been overwhelmed by the level of generosity from people. Thanks to everyone who has donated and supported us."
The monies raised from Sarah and Caitlin's fundraiser will support women's and children's services at Western Health through the purchase of additional special equipment and special enhancements.
If you're interested in holding a fundraiser in support of Western Health, please contact Danny Crabb, Community Relations Manager on 8345 7665 or email [email protected].