I’m fundraising for Cancer Council Victoria to help stop cancer.
Hello all, my name is Srishikha and I would like to share my journey heading up to do the BIG Hair Chop in November.
I was 3 years old, after watching Tangled movie I asked my mum for a Rapunzel themed birthday party.
Mum laughed and said, “You don’t have long hair, yet.”
That is when I decided that as I grow older, I will grow my hair and have an actual Rapunzel Birthday Party, when I am older.
Years went by and my little sister came along. My mum needed help with kids pick up, this brought Rose into our life. Rosanna Catherine Bertocchi, our Rose, she loved us and taught us to be thankful. When she brushed my hair, she would say “You are lucky to have such thick black locks, kids of your age don’t get to keep them this long or cannot grow them because of health reasons.” I was too little to understand, instead I would tell her my dream of having a Rapunzel Birthday Party.
January 2020, Rose was diagnosed with breast cancer and within months we lost her. I miss her a lot and happen to recollect our conversation where she once told me, if I ever changed my mind and wish to cut my hair, she encouraged me to fundraise and donate my hair for a cause. I connected to this idea, but I was still keen on celebrating my Rapunzel Themed Birthday Party.
June 2022, my grandma (Banumathi) was diagnosed with Brain Tumor, for surgical procedures they had to shave my grandma's hair, now I understand what Rose told me years ago.
I have also learned that there are several cancers that don’t have a cure and research costs a lot of money.
So, here I am turning 12 in a couple of days, I don’t want a Rapunzel Themed Birthday Party, instead I wish to fundraise for cancer research, please support me with your donations and best wishes for a great cause, thank you.
Love, Srishikha Tarun
Every year more than 35,000 Victorians hear the words ‘you have cancer’.
Thanks in part to generous Victorians, 7 in 10 of them will survive five years after a cancer diagnosis, but there’s still so much work to be done.
Cancer Council needs our support more than ever this year. Every dollar raised gives hope for a cancer free future. By supporting my event, you’re funding life-saving cancer treatments, prevention programs, and support services that ensure no one has to face cancer alone.
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Thank you to my Supporters
Air & Ocean Sydney Vanessa J
Hi Srishikha - congratulations on your efforts to raise money for this amazing cause. From the Sydney Air and Ocean Team!
God bless you Srishikha from us all!
Well done Srishikha
Srishikha, we are all exceptionally proud of you. Thank you for sharing your story and raising money for a cause that is close to the hearts of so many.
We sincerely pray for your grandma’s recovery.
God Bless You ✨🙏🏼
Well done Srishikha, what a great cause (from a work friend of Dad's)
Well done, Srishika!
My contribution to cross the $5k donation milestone
Dear Srishikha, Thank you for sharing such a personal and touching journey and showing gratitude, love and support for two inspiring people in your life. I am super proud of you for cutting your hair for such a worthy cause and evolving into such a mature young lady who chooses to fundraise over having the birthday of your dreams. I think you may need to raise your fundraising amount. You smashed it!! Maybe the hair cutting ceremony can be a Rapunzel themed event💖
Thank you for sharing your story with us Srishikha! Such a beautiful cause to put your faith into action. We are so proud of you! From Miss McVeigh
Srishika, You are doing a wonderful thing donating your hair to make a wig for someone in need. They will be forever grateful. Hugs and Cheers Anna Rulli ❤️❤️
Well done Srishikha!! So proud of what you have achieved here! Would love to see a pic afterwards! Miss the session with you all! Hope you are well 😊
Hi Srishikha. What a wonderful thing you are doing towards raising funds for cancer. You an an inspiration to others. Well done.
Srishikha, you are doing great job, such an inspirational
Well done Srishika!
Well Done :)
Great job Shrishika
Proud of you Srishika. Whenever possible avoid using plastic water bottles (use steel water bottle), avoid using plastic in kitchen as much as possible, avoid using nonstick pots and pans. “ an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure“
Taj & Maya Sivapalan
Hi Shrishikha, I think it’s really important what you’re doing here and it takes great initiative and confidence to do this. This is a really good cause, and you’ve done a great job trying to promote it. I really hope you reach your goal! Love Taj and Maya
Dear Srishika, We haven't met yet and hope we will meet one day. Dear child, that is a very heartening story. I am sad to hear about both Rose and your grandma. I am overwhelmed and humbled by your kindness. Thank you for your big heart, the world needs it. Good luck for the rest of the fundraise. Regards, Shruthi
Rose was beautiful
Peter & Tom V
Tom and I are both very proud of you and we know Rosie is super proud of you too - thank you Srishikha - Rosie loved you and will always be looking over you and smiling at your beautiful hair no matter how long it is :)
Good Luck dear Srisha. Really a noble cause. Stay Blessed Always Sweetie.🥳💕🤗
awww ❤ that is so lovely srishikha, you are so beautiful with a big heart! ❤ aunty connie is so proud of you!
Amazing work Srishikha!!!
God bless you Srishikha, and hope everyone around you feel better.
You are awesome with a beautiful heart Srishikha. Good on you 👌 👏
Great initiative Srishika!
Suresh Babu S G
Appreciate the young child’s recognition of the pain of the cancer patients, may the almighty God bless her with all success 🙏
Your a inspiration to us all Srishikha ♥️
Hi Srishikha!! I love are you are so considerate on donating your hair to cancer! Hope you reach your goal and good luck!💗
Amazing effort, you should be very proud of yourself! Keep inspiring :)
Banumathi & Lakshman Tallam
Dear Grand daughter,we are very proud of you.Lots of love.
Roy & Lorraine Pinto
Well done Srishikha, proud of you
Dear Akka , I am happy to donate from my pocket money 💵 Love you 🤑
Natalie De Zylva
You should feel very proud Srishika, what a wonderful thing you are doing🙏❤️
Great cause, wonderful effort by you!
What a great initiative young lady. Keep fighting the good fight!
You are brave girl! Doing amazing work 🙂 God bless you and prayers with your Granny! 🙏🏻🌷
Nice one Srishika 👍
Well done Srishikha on this great cause, it is so wonderful and inspiring for a young girl to do. God bless you 🙏🏼
So proud of you Srishikha, that you have matured into a beautiful soul who understands the joy of giving! May you continue to grow and inspire!
You are amazing Bella
A very touching and thoughtful initiative. Well done Srishikha. We are proud of you. Way to go!
Josephine La Verde
Well done Srishikha!
Hi Srishikha, I am so proud of you, you’re a kind soul. Keep up the good work. From Azeem & Tehreem
All the best for your Cause.
My dearest srishika what a fantastic person you are and I admire what you are doing at this age. Love yaa.😘😘😘
Lakshmy Anand Iyer
Good luck konthai! Well done!!
Wish all your dreams come true, very proud of what you are doing .
Best wishes to you Srishikha!!!
Such a lovely initiative, Srishikha! More power to you!
To the most wonderful niece with a heart of gold! Wish you all the best
Dear Srishikha! We are so thankful and very proud of your selfless act! You will be making a positive impact on someone's life! Love, Ram and Nirupa
What a lovely gesture from an amazing young lady!
Dear Ika , I am so proud of you . And I am proud that at this young age , you are role model to so many young women out there . I love you lots Biggest hug Your new Atha
Hi Srishikha, well done for doing this such a great cause.