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Woman chops off locks for Cansa

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Cansa uses donated human hair to make wigs for cancer patients experiencing hair loss.

Christine de Koning. Picture: Supplied

A FORMER Kimberley resident has cut off a ruler’s length of her hair and donated it to the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa), a decade after winning “Miss Hair” at the Cansa Matrieknooi competition in 2009.

Christine de Koning, 28, who currently resides in Dubai, recently returned to Kimberley, where she had 30cm of her blonde locks cut and donated the hair to Cansa, an organisation considered the leader in the fight against cancer in South Africa.

At the age of 18 years old, while living in Kimberley, De Koning was crowned Miss Hair during the 2009 Cansa Matrieknooi competition, and the title earned her a bursary to study Events Management.

She told the DFA yesterday that she had decided to come back after 10 years and cut off a ponytail’s length of her hair to donate to Cansa, as a way of “giving back” and thanking them for the opportunities the bursary offered her.

“This is the shortest my hair has ever been but it feels amazing and I have no regrets,” De Koning said.

Cansa uses donated human hair to make wigs for cancer patients experiencing hair loss.

De Koning encouraged others to also consider donating hair to Cansa.

“I would like others to be bold and make a change, for yourself and for Cansa,” she stated.

She also vowed to again make another donation in 10 years’ time.