The Chop 2021 - this year it's personal

For the past two years Year 12 student Lily has been happily growing out her hair, as it was her keen goal, and that of many of her peers to do ‘The Chop’ – something fun, gratifying, social, rewarding, and a nice excuse to try a new hairstyle… now, ‘The Chop’ means something entirely different to her as she faces her own challenge.

In a Social Justice initiative first introduced in 2015, Ormiston College Year 12 girls have been cutting and donating their hair for two very worthy causes, supporting those with hair loss and raising funds for cancer research. Lily, one of the current cohort, is unable to participate this year, instead she is the recipient of past donations of hair that has been made into wigs.

More than 20 Year 12 girls are part of this year’s Chop. Their hair is being donated to Sustainable Salons – an organisation which donates hair to Variety the Children's Charity and the Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation (AAAF) to be made into charitable wigs for both children and adults. For the girls who have hair too short to participate in the full Chop, their donations will be directed to The Matter of Trust organisation, where their hair will be used to clean up oil spills in the ocean, restoring our valuable water ways.

You can read Lily’s story and show your support for the students by donating at

Money raised by the students from Ormiston College will go to Mater Chicks in Pink supporting women with breast cancer.

‘The Chop’ will occur on Tuesday 12 October at 4pm in the CLI Plaza.

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