Nine-year-old Parker Solberg is feeling a little lighter this week after losing his luscious red locks for a worthy cause on Saturday.
The charismatic Maitland youngster had been growing his hair for two years in order to donate it to Variety for red-headed children facing cancer while raising money for Camp Quality.
“I just wanted to help another red-haired kid so they could have the same hair colour,” he says.
His exact words when he made the decision in 2018 were: “It’s not fair rangas [can] get cancer and can’t have their same hair colour”.
However, the decision to grow out his hair did not come without some challenges.
Parker said his hair was thick and had lots of knots. At times, he’d sit in tears as he had to get dreads brushed out.
Initially, he wanted to donate $200 to Camp Quality.
This was his goal because he did not think anyone would want to donate but, in two days, he smashed that target, raising $1,000.
The final total, as of this morning, was $2,000.
Parker’s family, friends, and the community rallied behind him at Largs Park.
He added that his friends were excited for him to get it cut and, when asked if he would ever do it again, he said he might consider it in a few years.
“I want short hair for a while, maybe in a couple of years I’ll do it again,” he said.
It’s not too late to donate to Parker’s fundraiser; just visit his fundraising page here.