HARPA Cargill, aged 12, is growing his hair out to make a difference.
Harpa began growing his hair two years ago after receiving news that a family friend had been diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy.
“One of my dear friends had just been diagnosed with breast cancer, and a girl I play netball with had been diagnosed and one of Harper’s friend’s mum from school had been diagnosed,” said Ally Combridge, Harpa’s mum.
“He originally said he would grow it and then donate his hair to be made into a wig.
“We were chatting and he said: ‘Well, maybe I could raise some money to help find a cure to cancer along the way’.”
Harpa is getting ready to make the big chop this December, donating his locks to Wigs for Kids – and his twin sister has already said she’s shaving half of Harpa’s hair.
Harpa said: “I love my mum and dad so much and couldn’t imagine growing up without them. No kid should lose their parents or people they love due to cancer.”
The family has raised more than $3500 over two years despite many setbacks due to COVID, with all funds being donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
To help raise some extra funds and enjoy the long hair while he’s got it, Harpa, with the help of his mum, began posting daily updates and funny pictures to
Instagram – @harpas_hair.
Now with more than 100 followers, Harpa has been raising awareness and money for the great cause.
As an incentive, anyone who donates over $50 will go in the draw to pick up the clippers and shave Harpa’s hair off in December.
“A couple of his mates have saved their pocket money because the really want to shave his hair. So, that’s helped as well,” said Ally.
To stay up to date with Harpa’s hair growth, follow Harpa’s Hair on Instagram and Facebook. To make a direct donation via your banking app: Harpa’s
Hair, BSB 633 000, account number 184 919 645. Alternatively, donations can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch.