Eva’s lopped locks for charity

AN inspirational young Sandy Bay girl gave the gift of self-esteem and confidence to a child in need this Christmas by shaving her head for Variety, the Children’s Charity.

Nine-year-old Eva Soden took the plunge and chopped off all 36 centimetres of her hair at Frankie & Boy in Sandy Bay on 6 December.

Instead of being swept up and thrown away, Eva’s discarded tresses will be put to good use – used to make wigs for children who have lost their own hair because of a medical condition or chemotherapy treatment.

Eva’s mother, Louise Soden, said Eva had been inspired by the Netflix program Alexa & Katie, about a high school student who loses her hair after being diagnosed with cancer.

“Our family has a philosophy of giving or helping where we can, and Christmas makes us all slow down and think more about giving and reflect on how lucky we are,” she said.

“I asked Eva what we should do (for charity) this year, and she said ‘I’m going to give my hair away’.

“Then every day for three weeks, she asked if I’d made her hair appointment.

“In the week leading up to it, I think it started to sink in – she understood the enormity of her commitment.

“She’s not the vain sort, and she doesn’t take herself too seriously.

“We’re all very proud of her.”

Eva is one of more than 20,000 Australians to have lopped their locks for Variety’s Hair with Heart program.

Thanks to online donations, her Waimea Heights Primary schoolmates and the support of local Sandy Bay businesses, she also managed to raise more than $1,700 for Variety.

The money will help fund Variety’s much-needed programs for Australian kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.

“We’re very grateful to generous people like Eva who are willing to chop their hair and donate such a wonderful gift, as well as the community who are supporting her in this endeavour,” Variety Tasmania chief executive officer Mohammad Aldergham said.

To learn how you can make a difference, visit www.variety.org.au.

Caption: Eva Soden was all smiles after chopping off 36 centimetres of her hair for charity.

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