14 year old Stephanie Cunningham was getting her hair cut for returning to school but decided to start her new school year off by doing something selfless for a child she has never even met nor is likely to meet.
Stephanie, daughter of Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham, donated her long hair to the Rapunzel Foundation after reading about it online two weeks ago.
Her father Tom said “She only told me and her mother what she had decided to do the night before and that was only because she had a list of instructions in her hand and we asked her what they were.”
To donate your hair to the Rapunzel Foundations you have to give your local hairdresser and list of steps to follow.
- Hair has to be at least 14” when straightened
- You have to wash, condition your hair the night before and the salon should straighten it on arrival
- Salon should tie the hair with bobbins along the 14” and then cut above it ensuring hair has bobbins at either end to ensure it stays together
- Place in a plastic sandwich bag and send to Rapunzel Foundation
14″ Ponytail will be sent to Rapunzel Foundation
Stephanie’s father said “she had it all worked out. Her hair was almost down to her waist so we weren’t sure if she would go through with it as it would be a major change for her but she was determined and her mother and I could not be more proud of her. It is not every teenage girl that could to do something like this especially for someone anonymous but Stephanie did.”
Tom said “Stephanie is a selfless young woman and very determined when she feels something is the right thing to do. She wouldn’t stand by if someone needed something she had, even her hair. I shouldn’t have been surprised at her doing something like this but she can just leave me speechless sometimes. I’m so proud.”
Before the hair cut
The Rapunzel Foundation helps children suffering from alopecia, a condition that leaves them bald and unable to grow hair. To have wigs made from real hair gives them more confidence in their appearance than synthetic wigs and it is especially important for young people to have wigs that are as realistic as possible, in terms of self-confidence and self-esteem.
The Rapunzel Foundation is located in New Ross County Wexford.
Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the joint statement issued today, Friday 20th July, by The Department of Education and Skills and the Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin regarding the future of Scoil Náisúnta Bhrigdhe, Faughart.
Teachta Adams said;
‘I am pleased that the joint statement indicates that Scoil Náisúnta Bhrigdhe, Faughart will be open again in September in time for the new school term.
‘The pupils of this school and their families have been through a period of great uncertainty which has seen the school closed for the past year.
‘I am glad that both the Department of Education and Bishop Éamon Martin have worked constructively to ensure the reopening of this rural school and I commend the parents group for their tenacity regarding this matter.
‘The local school is the lifeblood of rural communities and I wish all those associated with Scoil Bhrigdhe my best wishes for the time ahead.’
Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has today received confirmation from the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton TD, that Special Needs Assistants (SNA) allocations will be published in the coming days.
Deputy Munster asked Minister Bruton in the Dáil chamber when SNAs would be informed of their job status for the coming school year. In previous years SNA allocations were not made public until July, which left hundreds of SNAs unsure of their employment status when they finished work for the summer.
Deputy Munster said:
“The unions balloted on this issue and 97% of the membership voted in favour of industrial action over this issue. A deal was struck where the Minister committed to publishing the allocations earlier this year, and in the coming years and plans for industrial action were halted.”
“Given that we are now in the middle of May, there were concerns that SNAs would be left waiting for this information again this year.”
“This afternoon when I questioned the Minister he confirmed that the allocations would be published in the coming days, which is very positive news for SNAs.”
“It is a pity that industrial action has to be threatened for the Minister to move on a matter as important as this.”
“It is cruel to leave workers in limbo each year. It leads to huge uncertainty and worry for SNAs, who do invaluable work in the education sector.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has praised the efforts of fire crews from Dundalk and Ardee who attended a serious fire at Dun Lughaidh (St Louis’s) Secondary School overnight.
Cllr Ó Murchú said “I went to Dun Lughaidh School to see the damage for myself this morning. One building, which I believe was a technology block, separate from the main school building, has been completely destroyed. I have been told the building also contained a lot of the students’ coursework which has unfortunately been lost.”
Cllr Ó Murchú said “My heart goes out to the pupils and staff of the school as I know this will be a very stressful time for them especially with exam time looming.”
Cllr Ó Murchú praised the fire crews who “tended the fire in the early hours of the morning and managed to contain the blaze. They did a fantastic job.”