13-year-old Molly saw the widespread, devastating impact of cancer in her community and on the news – so she decided to do something to help.
She shaved her head in front of her local community, and raised much-needed funds in support of a cancer free future.
The teenager from Diamond Creek is distressed by the sheer prevalence of cancer and was shocked to learn that it’s been impacting people all over the world for a long time.
Molly’s friends all came along to support her head shave. She said it was “nice to feel special”.
“It’s important to help people with cancer because while we’re all doing our own thing in the world, something needs to be done about cancer. We can’t just keep letting it go on,” said Molly.
“It’s been around for thousands of years, and it horrifies me to think how many lives it has claimed.”
“Even for people that haven’t been affected by it, it can really upset family dynamics, so I think everyone should do their part and try to help,” she said.
Molly believes that if you have a fundraising idea that can help those diagnosed with cancer you should go for it, no matter how big or small.
“It doesn’t really matter if you want to do a bake sale or if you want to shave your hair off – you can do anything to fundraise.”
“Even putting a little tin into a café – anything can make money.
“I don’t think anyone should have a second thought, just do it!” she said.
Molly’s mum, Nat, played a big part in organising the head shave event to help Molly reach her fundraising goal of $10,000.
They also arranged a raffle and other fundraising games on the night of the shave to help reach their target.
Nat thinks anyone can fundraise; all you need to do is choose an activity that suits you.
“There’s not much to it and it doesn’t have to be very complicated; you can make it as difficult or as easy as you like,” said Molly’s mum.
“We chose somewhere local because it was going to suit our needs, and we tried to pick somewhere that we thought all our friends and family would be able to attend.
“Then we just relied on word of mouth through other people, as well as social media, friends, local businesses and Molly’s drama group,” she explained.
Nat thinks organising a fundraiser shouldn’t be daunting, and that fundraisers should put themselves out there, because the support will follow.
Molly’s mum, Nat, snipping the final ponytail from Molly’s head!
“We’ve managed to do it around three kids and lots of jobs between us, so it hasn’t been too hard,” she explained.
Nat was supported throughout the entire fundraising journey with practical guidance, tips, and online resources to help reach Molly’s fundraising target.
“Cancer Council were fantastic – it was very easy for us to step through from their website and create a fundraising page for Molly that was linked to her personally.”
“We’ve also been given hands-on support from Cancer Council – they’ve sent out marketing material, posters and everything we’ve needed to run the event,” said Nat.
The mother of three has been humbled by the experience of seeing Molly’s compassion for those going through a cancer diagnosis.
“It’s something that she sees every day – on the news and on television programs – and she wanted to feel like she’s doing her bit to help.
“Most teenagers probably wouldn’t be brave enough to do that, and we’re very proud of her,” said Nat.
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