From Mahe Fonua’s mullet to Kelma Tuilagi’s flowing mane, several Wests Tigers players have been known to sport some outlandish hair-dos over the years.
However, no player can lay claim to locks as long as seven year-old Wests Tigers fan Kassadie Watson.
These locks will soon be much shorter as Kassadie has made the brave decision to cut 40 centimetres of her hair to donate to Variety’s Hair With Heart campaign.
The campaign supports children who are living with alopecia, cancer and various other medical conditions, and Kassadie’s hair will go towards the creation of wigs for these individuals.
With the support of the Wests Tigers Foundation, Kassadie’s Big Chop will take place on-field at Leichhardt Oval in the lead up to this Saturday night’s home game against the Eels.
Fan favourite Alex Twal is set to trade hit-ups for hairdressing on the night as he handles the scissors for the big moment in front of thirty of Kassadie’s closest family and friends.
Without generous donations from people like Kassadie, wigs can cost up to $6000 and have a limited lifespan, meaning families are often forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars throughout a child’s youth.
To support these families, Kassadie and her mother have set up a fundraising page to ensure that all children can access wigs and receive the gifts of confidence and self-esteem that come along with them.
Having already reached her initial fundraising goal of $2000, Kassadie has decided to reach for the stars and see how much money she can raise for Variety.
If you would like to support Kassadie and her inspirational fundraising efforts, you can donate here.