Family heartbreak spurs Rocky student into good deed
IT TOOK years for Paige Donaldson to grow her long, golden blond hair - and just seconds for it to be lopped off.
But the small sacrifice was all for a good cause as Paige, and dozens of her Rockhampton Girls Grammar School peers, donated their locks to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
The charity creates wigs for cancer patients experiencing hair loss due to treatment.
It's a cause especially close to Paige's heart, after her step-grandfather, Murray West, died from cancer in April.
His death spurned Paige to go to extra efforts ahead of the school's Cut for a Cure day, as she raised over $500 to be donated to the centre which helped with his care.
Mum Leanna Donaldson was proud of her daughter's efforts and the caring nature which drove her desire to help other families.
Ms Donaldson said her mother and step-father had found great comfort in the Bundaberg Cancer Care Centre, which also afforded Mr West dignity in his final days.
She said her mother still attends the centre and spoke highly of the staff.
Rather than donating to research, the Donaldsons are happy this money will go directly to those who helped their family so much.