IT was an emotional moment for mother Raegen McConnon when her five-year-old daughter Zia had her beautiful long plait cut off in front of her kindergarten class.
But it was all for a worthy cause as the Moonah Primary School student donated her hair so it could be made into a wig for children living with cancer.
Ms McConnon said they had been watching the Today Show when they saw a group of high school girls getting their hair cut to donate.
Zia then said out of the blue: “I want to do that.”
“Zia’s hair was down to her waist,” Ms McConnon said.
“Friends called her Rapunzel and everyone commented about her beautiful long hair, so I was a bit shocked when she said she wanted to cut it off.
“Then I did a bit of research and looked into it and thought, ‘well it’s for a wonderful cause and if Zia is keen, why not let her do it’.”
When asked how she was feeling before the big cut, Zia said she was “a bit nervous, but excited to be able to help make a wig for a sick child.”
Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, who is a big supporter of Moonah Primary School and its fundraising efforts, was present to support Zia’s big chop.
“When I heard that a five-year-old from kinder was doing this for such a worthy cause, I thought, ‘what a brave little person’ and wanted to donate and be there to show my support,” Ms Archer said.
Zia was also raising money for Variety the Children’s Charity Tasmania through the Everyday Hero Program.
“Zia’s goodwill has had a ripple effect throughout the whole school, with many of the older students being inspired to create beautiful artwork, which are being sold to raise extra funds for the cause,” Ms Archer said.
Ms McConnon said they were thankful to Ms Archer for coming along.
“It made the day a bit more special for Zia and all the children watching on,” she said.
“It was a very special day for everyone involved.”
Caption: Raegen McConnon, left, and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer with five-year-old Zia McConnon-Cook.