Ponytails off for good cause

Maynard sisters after their hair was cut off.
Maynard sisters after their hair was cut off. Contributed

THE Maynard sisters from Jambin are sporting new hairstyles and it was all for a good cause.

In conjunction with Variety - the children's charity, Bonnie, 17, and Olivia, 15 cut off their 50cm long ponytails each.

"We both had really long hair and it's really thick,” Bonnie said.

"Our mum actually cut it with a pair of scissors so that was pretty interesting, we definitely had to get it fixed up.

"So we both have these kind of short bobs now.”

Before the chop: 50cm lengths of hair will be used to make wigs.
Before the chop: 50cm lengths of hair will be used to make wigs. Contributed

Cutting off their hair was something the sisters had talked about for a while.

"Two of our grandparents had cancer so Mum and Dad were very on board with us doing it and very proud,” Bonnie said.

The chopped ponytails are donated to families for wigs.

"We don't really need our hair, we are lucky enough to not be going through what some of those young children are,” Bonnie said.

"And it's just hair, it will grow back.”

As part of the campaign, the girls also raised a total of $2473.80.

"So we put it up on Facebook and a few anonymous people donated but it was mainly family and friends,” Bonnie said.

"On the website you have to set a goal so we initially set it up for $500 and we got $700 in the first day.

"So we were pretty happy with that.”

Heading back to boarding school last week at Rockhampton Grammar School, Bonnie said her and Olivia's friends and teachers were quite surprised.

"All the girls couldn't believe I actually did it and when I told them what we did it for they were all shocked,” Bonnie said.

"Especially the teachers as well, they were all amazed.”

Bonnie said she is loving her new hairstyle and is happy her and her sister both did it.

"I am definitely use a lot less shampoo that's for sure and it's a lot lighter,” she said.

Topics:  charity haircut variety australia the children's charity wigs

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