Twelve year old Richmond Bagnall believes in giving back to the community, which is why he’s cutting his hair.
It doesn’t sound like much, but Richmond began growing his long brown hair almost seven years ago when he was in Prep. It now touches his tailbone. And he’s doing it to raise money for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.
It’s not something the keen Richmond Football Club cheer squad member takes lightly. Although, the Year 6 student at Holy Rosary Primary School is not named after the football team, he is a truly devoted Tiger.
“I’ve been growing my hair for a long time and I’ve gotten used to it,” he said.
“But I won’t miss it when it’s cut. At least I won’t have trouble getting all the knots out. It will be much easier.”
Richmond’s mother Michelle said that, around 18 months ago, her son realised he had to cut his hair before he started high school.
“And then he thought he could give back with his hair,” she said.
“Richmond’s grandmother had lost her hair to cancer and wore a wig for a while. He saw how his hair could make a difference, and he has only had minor trims since then to gain maximum length.”
Once he’d made the decision to raise money for charity through a public haircut, Richmond selected national children’s charity, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, because of its work in keeping children safe from violence and bullying.
He’s already raised more than $1,600, with donations from family, friends and his local soccer and basketball clubs. This amount far exceeds Richmond’s initial goal of $500, which gives him new hope of reaching a much larger sum, closer to $2,000, after he has it cut at his school assembly on November 26.
“I really like what the Foundation stands for,” he said. “I feel great about the money going there because I’m helping children who haven’t had as much as me.”
To help Richmond meet his goal, visit https://give.everydayhero.com/au/richmond-gets-the-chop-for-charity
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