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The City of Canterbury Bankstown has thrown its support behind a young resident who has made a big sacrifice to help make a difference for children suffering from cancer.
Seven-year-old Ava Chan, who attends Council’s Clemton Park Outside School Hours Care every day after school, will be donating her hair so a wig can be made for someone who has lost their hair due to cancer treatment.
The event will take place at 11.30am on Friday 10 August, at Clemton Park Public School, with Ava’s friend Jenny Nguyen stepping in as the hairdresser on the day.
"They will make my hair into a wig and give it to sick children, so they will feel much better," Ava said.
"I think my friends should do the same because it’s really nice and kind. My after school care friends and teachers think it’s ‘wow’!"
Ava’s mother and Education Leader at Clemton Park Outside School Hours Care, Gabrielle Chan, said the idea came to Ava after seeing sick children on television.
"Ava asked me why they didn’t have hair, so I explained chemotherapy to her and also reminded her about my mother, who is now in remission from cancer," Mrs Chan said.
"When Ava said to me a few weeks later she wanted to cut her hair and donate it to have a wig made, I thought the idea would pass but it didn’t.
"I have always referred to Ava as Rapunzel, as I never wanted to cut her hair – she’s only had three trims since she was born, including one she gave herself! But my husband Charlie and I are just so proud of how, at just seven years of age, she’s thinking about helping others."
Mayor Khal Asfour said Council will donate $500 to Ava, who is also attempting to raise $10,000 for Make-A-Wish Australia, a foundation which works to bring to life the cherished wishes of children and teenagers fighting critical illnesses.
"I am simply in awe of this young girl," Mayor Asfour said.
"Ava increased her fundraising goal, from $5,000, when she learnt about the types of wishes sick children make. She wanted to ensure they’re able to have the experience of their lives.
"There aren’t many adults, let alone children, who would think so quickly and deeply of others before themselves, and do something so selfless."
25/07/2018 5:52 PM