About Ponytail Project

Did you know? 

The Ponytail Project is a fundraising campaign that first originated in 2015 at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School in Ascot, Brisbane. 

St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School

  • In 2015, a member of the St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School parent community was diagnosed with breast cancer. Students Beth Flint, Meg Fraser, Maria Cobain and Annabelle Crossley were moved to help – and launched a student-led fundraising initiative they called ‘The Ponytail Project’, believing that chopping off their ponytails was a small price to pay to support those impacted by cancer.
  • The Ponytail Project received an outpouring of support in its inaugural year, fuelling the drive for an annual campaign.
  • Sadly in 2016, St Margaret’s lost a beloved teacher as well as past student Amanda Minotti who both passed away from cancer. So, students had even more reason to support the Ponytail Project.

Each year, participation and funds raised have grown, with 90 students from St Margaret’s school cutting their hair in 2020.

  • Through Ponytail Project, over 31,000 girls have raised over $1,655,500 for Australian families affected by cancer.

Did you know? 

In 2018 Cancer Council Queensland launched Ponytail Project throughout Queensland. In 2019, Ponytail Project expanded to South Australia and Western Australia.

So are you ready to rock the chop?

Get your team together, grow your hair throughout the year, then chop off your ponytail and #RockTheChop.

Every ponytail chopped will make a difference in the lives of people affected by cancer. Rock the chop, and together we’ll help cancer stop!


Follow us at @ponytailproject