June 30 will mark a milestone for Serena Kullar – it’s when the South Surrey lady will enter her teenage years.
However whereas the day, accurately, is already filled with sundry plans to have fun with household and pals, the spotlight of all of it will probably be one thing that took root two years in the past.
That’s when the sports activities and interior-design fanatic stopped getting her hair lower, and set out on a mission to develop her locks for the advantage of sick youngsters.
On her birthday, she’s having about 18 inches of her hair lower off, after which will probably be packaged up for supply to Wigs for Kids BC, a volunteer group that raises cash to offer human-hair wigs for youngsters struggling hair loss on account of most cancers or different sickness.
“I’ve been desirous to do it for some time,” Serena mentioned Tuesday (June 22). “I wished to do it in honour of my household; pals and my household who’re going by way of most cancers and have had most cancers.
“I’m additionally doing it to help youngsters which might be going by way of most cancers as effectively, and exhibiting them they’re not alone.”
Serena, who’s within the first graduating class of the brand new Sunnyside Elementary, realized about donating hair whereas on-line fundraisers. Her actual inspiration, nonetheless, got here from a household buddy, Harjit Johal, who did the identical factor in 2018, in help of a buddy who was going by way of chemotherapy.
Johal – who donated the same quantity of hair – helped Serena arrange a fundraising webpage which launched on the BC Kids’s Hospital Basis website late final month.
Serena is hoping donations to her marketing campaign will allow her to ship Wigs for Children no less than $2,000 to help their efforts, which additionally embody serving to present medicines and provides that aren’t coated by medical plans.
As of Tuesday, she had raised simply over 75 per cent of her aim, after a donation that morning that pushed her marketing campaign complete to $1,515.
Serena mentioned many of the donations to this point have come from household and pals, and even her instructor. She’s hoping that sharing phrase of her efforts won’t solely assist her attain her $2,000 aim by her birthday, but in addition encourage others to consider how they may help.
“Possibly if they’ve lengthy hair, they’ll donate as effectively,” she mentioned.
To donate to Serena’s marketing campaign, go to secure.bcchf.ca/SuperheroPages/index.cfm?Event=WigsForKids&Member=165799