We sincerely thank Michelle O’Keeffe for sharing the following selection of pictures and the inspiring story of how her daughters Clara and Isabelle have so generously been supporting the praiseworthy Rapunzel Foundation. Both Michelle and their Dad, Patrick can be so very proud of their daughters’ wonderfully courageous gesture to help others. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
“The Rapunzel Foundation was set up in 2011. Based in New Ross, Co.Wexford it is from there that Hair Salons send the wigs and it takes 20/25 ponytails to make one wig which are made in New Zealand. It is for children who suffer from alopecia or sickness and wish to wear a wig. The hair must be in good condition with no layers and cannot be dyed.
Hair salons need to register with the R.F. to accommodate the donors.
Clara donated her hair in Summer 2013.. aged 8.. 14 inches in Sharpes Hair Salon in Tralee.
Isabelle donated in june 2014.. aged 4..14 inches in Voodoo Salon in Boherbue.
The girls where great to do this as I personally know about hair loss due to sickness and I am a founding member of Reach Out Cancer Support..(ROCS).
I would encourage other children to grow their hair and donate as this is such a worthy cause.” (Michelle O’Keeffe)
And we now share some more pictures which Michelle has so kindly provided.