Knockadoon sisters cut 128 inches of hair and raise €1,661 for Youghal RNLI
Knockadoon sisters Siobhán and Denise O'Donoghue, aged nine and 12, recently cut their hair for two charities, raising €1661.70 for Youghal RNLI.
Between them, the girls cut a whopping 128 inches of their hair, donating it to the Rapunzel Foundation, which make wigs for children suffering from alopecia and cancer.
Siobhan said: ‘I did it to help the boys and girls with cancer and the men and women who risk their lives saving others at sea. Denise meanwhile, said her reason to cut her hair was to ‘make a child smile again and hope that the money for the RNLI will help to make a difference in savings someone's life.’
Speaking following receiving the funds Youghal RNLI's Mel Mullane said: ‘What an amazing gesture this was from Siobhán and Denise to think of us in this way. As a charity, Youghal RNLI is reliant on voluntary donations to power our lifesaving work. Thanks to the generosity of people like Siobhán and Denise, our volunteers can continue to do their work in saving lives at sea.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.