Ponytail Project is a movement that started at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School in 2015.
Ponytail Project empowers students to get together and raise vital funds for Cancer Council by cutting off their ponytails.
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.
Ponytail Project inspires students to make a difference
to the lives of people living with cancer. It’s so easy to get involved, and we’re here to help you every step of the way.
We’re calling on students to get a school team together, register, grow their hair, seek support from friends and family and chop off their ponytails in October at a school chop event.
How you can support your students
- Help spread the word around the school and encourage students to participate in fundraising.
- Include information about your amazing students within parent communication.
- Allow your students to present to the rest of the school the importance of creating change.
- Let your students share their personal story and assist in recruiting more team members.
- Allow the students to host an official chop off event at school.
- Add the chop off event to the annual fundraising calendar.
- Give permission to students to hold a fundraising event e.g., crazy hair day or free dress day, BBQ/lunch/morning tea/ bake sale for a gold coin donation.
- Use your social media platforms to promote #RockTheChop at your school
See if a student at your school is rocking the chop...
'Hopefully it’ll become a legacy for our grade and a tradition that we can continue because it probably will be one of our bigger fundraisers. It doesn’t matter what hairstyle they’re rocking, they are absolutely divine.'
'I am so proud of the girls. This is something that is driven by the students themselves and the staff support them. They are not at all worried. They just know this is for a worthy cause and they have been so motivated to increase the funding. I hope they are an inspiration for other students to do the same.'
St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School
Join your students and help them rock the chop!
One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Chances are that every school community has been affected.
Will your school join St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School and help put a stop to cancer?