About Ponytail Project

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

Ponytail Project empowers people all over Australia to make a difference to those impacted by cancer.

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

Since then, over 48,000 people have raised over $2.6M for families affected by cancer. 

Get involved by growing your hair throughout the year, chopping off your ponytail and raising funds for Cancer Council Queensland.

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 beloved teacher and past student Amanda Minotti, who 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.

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