7 YEAR OLD CHOPS HER HAIR FOR KIDS AROUND THE WORLD

Experts say the value of philanthropy and volunteerism should be instilled at a young age – 7-year-old Eidann Coles can be considered a role model for her peers. At noon on Wednesday, October 27, Eidann is cutting off her hair and donating it so that it could be made into a wig for a child with cancer. Born with a cleft, Eidann knows what it is to be faced with obstacles as a small child.

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 Eidann, who is from Whitehead in Northern Ireland, has never cut her long glorious hair, but this selfless little girl is more concerned about others that herself. So she made an appointment with Ben Ferris at the Haze at No 10 Hair Salon in Larne to cut off her locks to help another. Eidann is a little nervous about losing her long beautiful curls, but she’s already searched through magazines to choose her new hairstyle – a bob is the current favourite.

Born with a cleft lip and incomplete palate, Eidann had her first surgery to repair her cleft at 16 weeks. Six months ago, she underwent another surgery to repair her lip, and she will undergo even more surgery in the future. In addition to her philanthropic efforts for children with cancer, Eidann is determined to help children like her who are born with clefts but whose parents can’t afford to give them the surgery they so desperately need. She volunteered to raise funds for Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity that provides free reconstructive surgery for children around the world who suffer from facial deformities. Already, Eidann has raised enough donations to support operations for four children – a remarkable achievement for someone so young!

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“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President