Little Lucy Perrett warmed Warrnambool hearts last week when she cut her hair off and donated it to a charity that makes wigs for sick children.
Her generous act inspired five-year-old Ellie Murphy, of Melbourne, to do the same.
Ellie was visiting Warrnambool when she saw Lucy’s story in The Standard and decided to do the chop for charity too.
Her mother Rosie Murphy said she searched Coco Hair & Beauty online and saw that Lucy’s hair cut was taking place at the hair salon on August 3.
“I saw the photo of Lucy and I read the story which said she needed to be able to donate 35 centimetres of hair, so I measured Ellie’s hair and she had enough,” Mrs Murphy said.
“I asked her if she would like to cut it off and donate it to kids who had lost their hair and Ellie said ‘that’s a fantastic idea Mummy lets definitely do that’, so I called the salon the next day and she did.”
Lucy and Ellie, who met for the first time on Friday, will now send about 70 centimetres of their hair to Angel Hair For Kids, which provides wigs to children who have lost their hair due to illness.
Following the charity chop, which raised over $1000 for Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision, Ellie and Lucy met up at McDonalds and according to Mrs Murphy, they “got along like a house on fire”.
“As soon as they met each other they were instant best friends,” she said.
“They’re very similar little girls and they’ve now planned to be pen pals.”
Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision is a not-for-profit charity that funds blood cancer research.