Braving the chop for charity!

Sayra donates her hair

Sayra before her hair cut

Sayra, from Belize, is a Pestalozzi-UWC scholar currently studying for her IB Diploma at UWC Atlantic. 

“I wish to share with you my most recent adventure. On Saturday 26th November 2022 I did something I only ever dreamed of doing, and that was shaving my head! 

Here at UWC Atlantic we conduct an annual Amnesty head shave with the purpose of collecting funds for any charity or non-profit organization we would like. Amnesty International is a non- governmental organization based in the UK that revolves around the action of ending the abuse of human rights. It is now a movement that is seen throughout the entire world and at UWC many of us take part.  

I decided to shave my head for three main reasons. 

The first reason was the same as everyone else’s, which was to create a GoFundMe for the organisation of our choice. I have decided to create said GoFundMe for an institution that has played a major role in my life and achievements. Pathlight International is a huge factor for my educational success. I owe a lot to them for the continuous support and love I receive and this small act of raising funds for them is just one way I plan to give back and show my appreciation. My aim is to collect funds for tuition and food assistance for vulnerable students. This is also a way to contribute to my country, I know that it will help students in their educational journey and development. 

The second reason was for charity here in the UK. I made the choice of donating the hair I cut off to The Little Princess Trust. This is a foundation in the UK that provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people, who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment or other illnesses.   

The day of the shave!

The third reason was for my personal growth and mindset. I had always believed that my most precious asset was my hair, I had always received many compliments of how gorgeous it was and I let myself think that it was the only thing that made me beautiful. Society has often tricked us into believing that femininity is defined by long hair, however, that is not the case. Shaving my hair is my way of proving it wrong, to prove to myself that I am beautiful with or without hair, to prove to myself that what makes me beautiful is not my physical appearance but my personality and who I am, and to prove to society that my femininity has nothing to do with my hair. I’m sure to experience new trials and journeys with this huge step but it’s the price I’m willing to pay to make myself happy. 

I know that this was one of the best decisions I have made and I am glad I did it.”  

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