On what is expected to be one of the bigger Stawell Primary School twilight markets this Friday, one young student is sure to steal the spotlight and shine it on a good cause.
Klancy Repper, 11, will cut off “at least 36 centimetres” of her long brown hair at her school’s annual event on Friday, drawing attention to the auto-immune disease alopecia areata.
The disease results in hair loss, affecting people of all ages and genders.
Klancy made the decision to cut her hair having had a personal connection to the disease, with her cousin having suffered alopecia for many years.
Her hair will be donated to the Wigs for Kids program, with a wig to be created from the hair that is cut off.
“It is great to for Klancy to be able to impact someone’s life with a wig being made but also to raise awareness and funds for a disease not many people know about,” Klancy’s mother Katrina Repper said.
“She decided all by herself that she wanted to do it which was quite amazing for an 11-year-old to do.”
Klancy said she is “very nervous” about the cut but is excited by the opportunity it can present.
“I feel bad for everyone that has it,” she said.
”I'd like to see someone smiling with my hair from the wig, that would make me happy.”
Klancy has already raised more than $800 for the Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation, with the her donation page found here.