Corn salad congratulations

We are so happy for our lovely Rapunzel, Nicolette Suttor, who has raised $7,280 for the Leukaemia Foundation to help in their fight against blood cancer (total as at 13 March, but please continue to donate at bit.ly/RapunzelCBR).

Nicolette pre-shave
Nicolette pre-shave

You might recall that Nicolette starred in our Rapunzel play last month (11 February), and exactly one month on (11 March this week), she has shaved her impressive 1.4m locks. Not only has she fundraised for the Leukaemia Foundation, but her hair will be donated to Locks of Love, to make either 3 short wigs or 1 very long one.

Nicolette and ponytail
Nicolette and ponytail

Louise Maher was the lucky ponytail-chopper, “Here comes the chop!” she proclaimed as she live-broadcast the event on ABC 666, and ABC’s Clarissa Thorpe also wrote an article. Ian Warden’s Gang-gang column (in the Canberra Times) also featured Nicolette’s Greatest Shave. There was even an article from the Indonesian Tribun News!

A side note from our Rapunzel play, which featured the rampion plant – it may be more likely to be corn salad! A nice article by Jennifer Stackhouse explains more. We were also entertained to be branded as the “Canberra Literary Tribe”. We do like to describe ourselves as literary.

Rabbit slice
Rabbit slice

Sally and the National Library’s staff did a wonderful job in supporting, promoting and organising the event, including a delightful morning tea on the day. Of course our contribution was on a ceramic rabbit plate, after all bunnies are our unofficial mascots. Not sure who made the rose cupcakes, but they are beautiful!

Rose cupcake
Rose cupcake

Congratulations Nicolette, you are a beautiful, amazing, compassionate person, and we are all so proud of you.

As Ian Warden quoted Nicolette, she did it all “Because it’s worth it.”

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Queen Rapunzel

Thank you to everyone for coming to our  Rapunzel play last month – we are sorry for the radio silence, the rabbits and the Tribe have been westing (it’s a terrible bunny joke, we haven’t included it here to protect you, but if you dare, go down the rabbit-hole).

Smelling the roses
Smelling the roses

We were really delighted to organise the performance, and very grateful for our stellar cast, fabulous audience (who obviously had great taste), the support of the National Library, and to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. At the time of writing, Nicolette has raised $5216, which will make such a difference in blood cancer research.

The erudite Ian Warden discussed the play in not just one but two articles, and we also spoke with the fabulous Louise Maher on 666 and featured on the ABC news page.

ACT's Chief Minister Rapunzel by Ian Warden
ACT’s Chief Minister Rapunzel by Ian Warden

If you missed the play – we are so sorry! The actual shave is happening at the National Library, 10am tomorrow, so please go along to support Nicolette and fundraise for the Leukaemia Foundation.