A kind-hearted Letterkenny girl is about to lose her long wavy locks for a very special cause.
Sinead Shiels, aged 10, is about to get her biggest haircut yet in a sponsored challenge for the High Five for Conall fund.
The 4th class schoolgirl was only too happy to lend a helping hand to the fundraiser for Letterkenny boy Conall Shiels and his family. The fund aims to raise €55,555 to adapt the Shiels’ family home for Conall’s high complex needs before his fifth birthday.
Sinead is hoping to raise around €1,000 – and she’s well on her way to the target already!
Sinead had always wanted to do something good with her beautiful long flowing hair. She jumped at the chance to help Conall, who she knows from playing sport with his sister, Cara.
Her mum Lisa Shiels told Donegal Daily: “Sinead was originally growing her hair for the Rapunzel Foundation and it was just never long enough.
“When I said to her why don’t we cut it for Conall she was all for it. She said ‘yeah, let’s go!’”
Since then, Sinead has been stunned by the level of support for her haircut.
Lisa said: “She can’t believe so many people have sponsored her, she thought it would be just family but the amount of people who have given money has been brilliant.”
Sinead currently has sponsorship cards at Kernan’s Spar, Lower Main Street Letterkenny and Mr Chippie at the Station Roundabout.
The big chop has been scheduled for 30th March and Sinead is delighted to know her charity challenge will benefit not just Conall, but another deserving child elsewhere.
Sinead’s hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for children who have lost hair due to cancer treatment or other conditions.
With two great causes benefitting from her challenge, Sinead really is a cut above the rest!
Many fundraisers are taking place across Letterkenny in support of High Five For Conall, check out the campaign page on @highfiveforconall to find out more.