Ponytail material: Tatiana de Lamalle (left), Sarah Calleija, Elsie Cabaldo, Melanie Baconga and Kim Ta.THE synthetic wigs her mother had to wear to hide her bald head made her daughter determined to help.
“My mother had breast cancer and had to have chemotherapy and lost her hair,” daughter Sarah Calleija of Brighton-Le-Sands said.
“When I went shopping with mum for wigs they were so uncomfortable and you didn’t feel like a woman in them, and they were also expensive.”
Her concern for her mother prompted Sarah to do something her two-sisters-in-law from Sylvania Waters had already done — she would have her pony tail cut off so it could be made into a wig for cancer patients.
Sarah, the human resources co-ordinator of the Novotel Brighton Beach, got a lot of moral support after she made her decision, with a number of other hotel employees joining her, while hotel human resources manager Kim Ta wielded the scissors.
Two metres of hair got the chop.
Since the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program started in 2012 there have been at least 9600 ponytails donated nationally. In May 2013 the first of the wigs were donated to cancer patients.
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