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Great lengths for charity

Olivia Doonan and Niamh Doherty are hoping people will donate money to help Osgood family. Photo: Paula Hulburt.

Going for the chop for a good cause has seen two long-haired ladies lose their lengthy locks.

Niamh Doherty and Olivia Doonan have donated their hair to Freedom Wigs help make wigs for cancer patients.

And the pair are hoping the move will also raise money for Blenheim girl Zoe Osgood who is undergoing treatment for bone cancer in Christchurch.

Both have links to the Osgood family and wanted to help.

Niamh, 12, met Zoe at a school camp and Olivia turned to Zoe’s mum Michelle for advice when she started The Station in Seddon.

Michelle is the manager at the Wine Station in Blenheim but was happy to help.

“She’s always been amazing. She gave me as much information as possible and was totally welcoming,” Olivia says.

Hair by Kardos owner Donna Tupouto’a and manager Debbie Jensen cut 14 inches of hair off before getting it ready to send off by courier.

This is the second time that Niamh has cut her hair off to donate to Freedom Wigs.

She first did it at 8 years old and decided straight away she would grow it again to donate.

“It’s a bit nerve wracking, but exciting,” she says.

Olivia says she only trimmed her hair and had not had a cut properly in 9 years when she decided to help.

“It kept moulting and I was like, no, I need as much on as possible. I want to raise as much as I can for #Zoestrong.”

Zoe has been undergoing chemotherapy which has so far failed to shrink the tumour and she is now scheduled for surgery.

Donations can be made through ASB account: 12-3126-0707216-00, with all money going to the Osgood family.

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