Little Ciara Harkin had a ‘head spinning’ adventure on Friday.
The eleven year old showed how huge her heart is when she agreed to have her hair cut dramatically short for charity. In doing so the Upper Galliagh Road girl also raised a whopping £3,200 with some donations still winging their way to the girl with the new look.
Initially the St. Patrick’s pupil had set a target of £350 but remarkably she reached that in less than 24 hours on her justgiving.com page.
“She has had fantastic support from everyone, especially those at The Salon who just spoiled her,” siad her Mum Joan.
Local press gathered outside The Salon on the Atlantic Quay on Friday morning as Ciara had 12 inches of her gorgeous hair cut. It was then immediately bagged and sent to The Little Princess Trust who will make wigs for sick children from it.
Ciara’s mother, Joan, explained: “Ciara had the idea of doing this when a family friend around her age had cancer treatment. She lost all her hair so the idea stemmed from that.”
Ciara’s friend has since made a full recovery and returned to school. As authentic wigs can run into costs of thousands of pounds, the money raised, as well as the cut hair, will go to The Little Princess Trust. Joan said: “Ciara researched the charities herself online and choose this one as it is for children only.”
Asked how she handled the media spotlight Joan said: “She wasn’t fazed or bothered by it at all. In fact she didn’t really take on the media attention at all. She just loves her new hair do and is all bizz with how good it looks.”
Salon owner Sharon McBride said: “It has been a briliant day from a good cause.