Annie Kriesl cuts her hair for two reasons

Annie Kriesl, Spalding, has raised almost $10,000 for CanTeen with the help of her family.
Annie Kriesl, Spalding, has raised almost $10,000 for CanTeen with the help of her family.

Spalding teenager Annie Kriesl pledged, earlier this year, to cut her hair off to help raise money for CanTeen. 

Not only did she raise money for this project but she donated her hair to Variety’s “hair with heart” – making wigs for children who have lost their hair due to serious illness.

“Off with the mop” was started and fundraising goals were set. 

Annie’s mum, Paula Gill said to begin with her goal was $1000, but they encouraged her to set it higher.

“We were dreaming we might be able to make $5000 if we all worked really hard,” Ms Gill said.

“We have been absolutely blown away by our families, friends and communities support and after a few months of fundraising we have raised over $9700, and still counting.”

More than 50 people joined the family to celebrate the event where Annie’s dad, Trevor Kriesl, auctioned off the opportunity to cut off a plait and they made $1500 on the night.

Ms Gill said CanTeen had been a huge support to their family during the last six years as Annie’s dad has been and continues to battle Hodgkins Lymphoma.

“After a huge weekend he is currently back in the RAH having chemotherapy and we are hoping to attempt a second Bone Marrow transplant next month.”

About CanTeen: 

CanTeen was set up by a group of young cancer patients in 1985 and it still has young people affected by cancer guiding the organisation at every level. 

CanTeen helps young people cope with cancer in their family.

Through CanTeen, they learn to explore and deal with their feelings about cancer, connect with other young people in the same boat and if they’ve been diagnosed themselves, they also provide specialist, youth-specific treatment teams.

Combined with their leading edge research into the emotional and social impacts of cancer, it ensures that they truly understand how cancer is different in a young person’s world.