Rapunzel raises $6700 as long locks are chopped off

Droughtmaster breeder Amy Birch raises $6700 after cutting her hair for cancer


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Steven Pickering, RSVP Droughtmasters, paid $380 to chop the hair of Amy Birch, Birch Droughtmasters, Eidsvold, to make wigs for cancer. Picture: Lucy Kinbacher

Steven Pickering, RSVP Droughtmasters, paid $380 to chop the hair of Amy Birch, Birch Droughtmasters, Eidsvold, to make wigs for cancer. Picture: Lucy Kinbacher

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Find out how much her hair measured during the final chop.

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DROUGHTMASTER’S very own Rapunzel had her first haircut following Beef’s interbreed judging on Thursday night, raising a total of $6700 for her monumental chop.

A large crowd watched on at the Droughtmaster Australia tent as 20-year-old university student Amy Birch had 76cm of her hair chopped off for first time since she was two.

The virgin hair was donated to children with medical conditions while raising money for the Cancer Council.

It is estimated it will make two or even three wigs for the cause. 

An auction before the cut, featuring jewellery, a handbag and artwork, raised $1550 including $380 paid by Steven Pickering, RSVP Droughtmasters, for the honour of chopping Amy’s locks.

Amy with her long locks. Picture: Susie M Photography

Amy with her long locks. Picture: Susie M Photography

Amy, who took out third in the National Young Stud Judges competition in Melbourne last year, was well known for her trademark long locks, having grown up showing her family’s Droughtmaster stud cattle around the state.

But she had only ever had a few centimetres trimmed off. 

Speaking to the Queensland Country Life, Amy said knowing her hair could be used for so many wigs made it all worth it.

Steven Pickering gave Amy her first real haircut.

Steven Pickering gave Amy her first real haircut.

“People kept saying, are you nervous about cutting your hair?” she said.

“All day people kept asking me. I was not nervous at all; I was excited, I couldn’t wait.

“I was extremely happy with the response, especially as it ended up later then I expected (due to the interbreed judging). I was so appreciative that people stayed out to support the event.”

While there are a few things with the new do Amy isn’t used to, she has fallen in love with the style change.

A large crowd gathered to watch Amy.

A large crowd gathered to watch Amy.

“The weirdest thing was when I went to brush it I swung it over my shoulder like I normally do and it just all flopped back because there was none of it there,” she said.

“Washing it last night, I was literally smiling because it was so nice and so easy.”

Amy’s hair was professionally styled following the event by Stacey Baldwin, Fox and the Hare. 

The story Rapunzel raises $6700 as long locks are chopped off first appeared on Queensland Country Life.

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