The spirit of giving is catching on among North Okanagan youth, who are inspiring each other to make a difference.
At just five-years-old Chelsea Kazimer recently chopped her locks to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Her inspiration to do so came from a newspaper article about another girl who has repeatedly donated her hair.
“A couple years ago I read her a story from (The Morning Star) of how a local girl had her long hair cut off and donated to the Canadian Cancer Society,” said dad Jason Kazimer.
“I explained to her how that girl, Courtney Graves, had done that before and why she was doing it again and what it meant to people stricken with cancer.”
Graves, now a teenager, has cut her hair twice after she too was inspired by a newspaper article about another lady donating her hair to make wigs for cancer patients.
“Now this story made quite the impression on her (Chelsea), which was quite something, considering that she was only three at the time,” beamed Kazimer.
For the next two years, a determined Chelsea never gave up on her goal to grow her hair out and, in her words, “cut my hair off and give it to sick girl who’s bald.”
So with her hair finally long enough, Chelsea recently headed to Seasons Salon and Spa, where stylist Taya Springinotic donated her time for the worthy cause.
“Chelsea finally got her wish,” said Kazimer, a proud father alongside her mom Kara and big brother Alexander.
And who knows, perhaps Chelsea’s story will inspire even more kids to give – whether it’s hair, proceeds from a lemonade stand or their time at a local fundraiser.