In 2007, a 12-year-old girl who was an assistant coach of an Under-8 Girls soccer team was also battling cancer. As a result of her treatment, the assistant coach lost her hair and was wearing a wig. One of the players on the team noticed her coach’s hair and was intrigued about “how she got the wig”. When Holland van Dijk heard that people donate their hair so that wigs can be made, she committed herself to this task. For four years she has been growing her hair to donate it for a wig.
The time has arrived and Holland is getting her hair cut. Her enthusiasm has spread and her classmates have all rallied for this great cause.
On Friday June 3, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. students at École Shannon Park School will gather for an assembly.
As part of the assembly, now 11-year-old, Holland van Dijk will get her pony tail cut off and will then donate it so that a wig can be made to help a person who has lost their hair. This event titled “We can make a Difference” is a part of a presentation by Shanti Thibeau’s Grade 5 class. The children will present information on how everyone can make a difference in the cause of curing cancer. Students will provide information on what someone can do to help. They will sing a song of support. They will then cheer on Holland as she gets her ponytail cut.
Student’s will also participate in “crazy hair day” and will have the option of creating a crazy hair style for the day. Each student will be asked to donate $1 to participate and all funds from this event will go to the NS Cancer Society.