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GOT THE CHOP: Friends and classmates Roksana Wawro and Nadia Dudzik from Holy Cross Mercy School chopped their hair for children's charity Rapunzel. Photo: Michelle Crean

 

By Michelle Crean

Two kind-hearted nine-year-old school pals have chopped their locks to help make wigs for sick children.

Friends and classmates Roksana Wawro and Nadia Dudzik, who are in Second Class in Holy Cross Mercy School, recently chopped their hair for children's charity Rapunzel.

The girls, who both had hair down as far as their waists, decided last year that they wanted to help others and cut over 14 inches each off their locks.

Their hair has now been sent off to The Rapunzel Foundation, a charitable organisation that helps make special wigs for sick children.

And the brave girls, who now have a brand new look, said that they are both very happy that they could help children to feel better about themselves.

“It’s nice to give hair to help others,” Roksana told the Killarney Advertiser.

“I decided when I was eight to donate my hair and I wanted to let it grow as long as I could.”

And she said when it came to getting the hair cut that she took it in her stride.

“I wasn’t really nervous. I was really happy.”

Nadia on the other hand, who has never had short hair, was a bit nervous but is glad that she did it.

“My hair was the longest it ever was,” Nadia said.

“I was a little bit nervous but I liked it when I looked in the mirror. It’s easier to wash now. It was fun to do and I feel good because I’ve helped someone else.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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