September 20, 2020

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The Avec Moi hairstylist shows Sarah her Locks of Love donation.

Seven-year-old Sarah Bush (above) has kindly donated 10-inches of her own hair to “Locks of Love,” a charity that specialises in providing wigs and hairpieces for children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition.

It was the second time the Red Bay Primary School student has cut off her hair for “Locks of Love.” Her mother, Karen Bush, has recently donated hair to the charity, too.

Hair today, gone tomorrow all for a good cause

It was nearly three years ago that Sarah Bush, then age five, first donated her hair to Locks of Love, a charity which provides hairpieces to children in the US and Canada who have lost their hair due to a medical condition.

Now at age seven, the Red Bay Primary School student was ready to do it all over again. “I feel good about it,” she said, as she approached the Spa-to-Go, Avec Moi hair salon at Grand Harbour with her mother Karen Bush.

“It was Sarah’s idea to do this and we are very proud of her initiative,”Ms Bush said. “We hope it will raise awareness and inspire other children – and adults – to do the same, or to make a financial contribution to the group.”

“This is the second time we did it. She has decided to do it again because her cousin just did it,” Ms Bush said.

“It all started when a friend of ours, Jackie Farrington, who used to run the Mesa restaurant held a charity event at a restaurant where she raised quite a bit of money. We said ‘OK, we are going to do it, too.’”

“Of course, it does grow back – but it’s not the sort of thing you can do every single day. For Sarah to grow the ten inches back again –you need at least ten inches of hair– it probably took about two years.

“I just recently donated 11 inches of hair myself,” Ms Bush added.

Eight-year-old Sarah, with her mother, Karen Bush

The Locks of Love website, www.locksoflove.org, describes itself as a public non-profit organisation, that “provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada who are suffering from long term medical hair loss.”

The hair loss can come from any diagnosed medical condition, although most of the children Locks of Love helps have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The wigs and hairpieces they produce are intended to help restore children’s self-confidence, the website says.

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