Local woman chops hair off to support music for kids

By MO CRANKER on June 10, 2020.

Christine Bootland shows off her new hairstyle Tuesday in Calgary after having 31 inches chopped off for a pair of good causes.–Submitted photo

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Christine Bootland has been growing her hair out for 47 years.

Tuesday, she had it cut off to support a pair of good causes.

Bootland travelled to Calgary to have 31 inches of hair cut off of her head. She says she can’t even recognize her own reflection.

“It was amazing,” she said. “It was very cool to get my hair cut this time instead of a trim.

“I had no idea how naturally curly my hair is.”

Bootland teaches cello at the Medicine Hat College and Lethbridge College conservatories and has started a Go Fund Me page to raise money around the haircut to help kids get music lessons. The money raised will go to the Alberta Music Education Foundation. The hair will be donated to Angel Hair for Kids.

She says she is loving the new look.

“It’s so great – they did an excellent job,” she said. “They gave me some suggestions on letting my bangs grow out and I still really feel like me.

“Best of all, my hubby thinks it’s cute.”

Bootland says she first got the idea to raise money for students when she started hearing about parents being unable to pay for classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The gift of music is an important one to give,” she said. “It’s the perfect gift to give and kids can learn so much by taking classes.

“The support on this journey has been amazing and I think that shows how important music is.”

The 31 inches of hair will hopefully be enough to make two wigs, says Bootland. Her fundraising goal is $6,000 for the music lessons.

The fundraiser can be found by searching for Christine Bootland on http://www.gofundme.com.




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