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Rachel's charity fundraiser is the mane attraction

Friday, 29th November, 2019 8:00am
Rachel's charity fundraiser is the mane attraction

A CUT ABOVE...Rachel Quinn before her charitable act last week.

Rachel's charity fundraiser is the mane attraction

A CUT ABOVE...Rachel Quinn before her charitable act last week.

Aoife O’Brien 

A DONNYCARNEY woman has decided to cut 16 inches off her hair to raise funds for children who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment.

Rachel Quinn, who has been growing her hair for over 10 years, said she wanted to cut it for charity and donate it to make a wig for children because she “just wanted to do something good for people”.

Despite not being a mother herself, Rachel’s empathetic character has allowed her to put herself in the shoes of a parent whose child is suffering in this way.

“I don’t have someone close to me who has suffered with this (cancer) thankfully, but I can’t picture to be a child or to have a child that that happens too,” she said. “I don’t have children but I can’t picture what that must be like.”  

The 38-year-old, who is currently studying drama at Colaiste Dhulaigh’s Kilbarrack campus, first decided she wanted to donate her hair to charity in March.

“Around March I was away on Erasmus in Malta and I was like, I’m going to cut this but I don’t want it raggedy at the bottom so I cut it to a healthy length in the summer.”

Rachel decided to donate her hair to the Rapunzel Foundation and said she waited for her hair to grow as long as it was before she cut it over summer again before deciding to donate it.

“They ask for 14 inches so I decided to cut 16 inches so they’d get a good healthy piece of hair,” Rachel said.

“I wanted it to be long enough that I could donate that much hair without the big shock of cutting off all my hair.”

However, this won’t be the first time Rachel has had short hair.

“It has been short and it never really grew long and it took me years and years to grow it this long,” she said.

“My hair was like a bob and my mother always had my hair really short as a kid so probably that has something to do with as I got older I wanted it long.”

After deciding to donate her hair to the Irish-based foundation to be turned into a wig, Rachel also decided to set up a GoFundMe fundraising campaign so people could sponsor her to cut her hair.

The funds raised through the GoFundMe campaign will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society.

Rachel believes people are willing to donate because they are so shocked that she is actually going to do it.

“People keep saying: how can you part with your hair cause it’s so you?” she added.

You can donate to Rachel Quinn’s campaign at

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