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Blonde to Bald for the kids - Ronald McDonald House South Island Fundraiser

Closed Cause page created in the Health category by Mel Ellen for "Ronald McDonald House Christchurch, 5% going to Tai Tapu Playcentre"

$4,756 donated
Given by 122 generous donors in 9 weeks

I am going to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House South Island & 5% going to Tai Tapu Playcentre. I am going to have my hair shaved off.

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Hello, I’m Mel. I’m a 41 year old, married, stay at home mum to two gorgeous girls, Jayla aged 4 and Sedona aged 15 months.

I am so fortunate that both of my children are healthy and thriving, but sadly not all families can say the same. I feel a strong pull to help these families, as I believe it’s hugely important as a community to support each other in difficult times, in a way that helps these families in a practical way.


Between now and the 1st November, I will be looking for sponsors who are willing to donate whatever they can afford to this cause. All funds raised will be donated – 95% to Ronald McDonald House South Island and 5% to Tai Tapu Playcentre.

The way I will raise these funds, is through posting on community Facebook pages, door knocking and asking friends, families, everyone, to please support my Givealittle page. Even if it is $1 or $2 it all adds up!

If you make a donation of $100 or more (from you personally or from your business), I’m really happy to give you a shout out on my social media pages to give you the kudos you deserve! This is especially great exposure for businesses who donate!

The reason I’ve chosen to give the majority of donations to Ronald McDonald House South Island, is because they support New Zealand families when their child is staying in hospital away from home. They keep families together, positively impacting on their journey by allowing them to focus on their children. If you would like to know more about Ronald McDonald House South Island, you can access their website via this link Tai Tapu Playcentre will be the beneficiary of 5% of funds raised, as they support so many families in our local community. 'Playcentre Aotearoa is a family organisation which empowers adults and children to work, play, learn and grow together. Playcentre is an internationally recognised early childhood organisation which began in 1941. The movement started with the aim of providing opportunities for the social development of the pre school child and children have the opportunity to learn and explore in a fun and safe environment. The Tai Tapu branch (where my family attend) was established in 1969.

This isn’t a decision I have made lightly, I love my hair and to be honest, I am quite nervous and apprehensive about having a bald head! The last time I had short hair was when I was about eleven years old and I currently have very long blonde hair! I also have a skin condition called psoriasis, so my scalp can be very dry. So for me this is a really big deal! But I firmly believe that for me to ask for your hard earned money, I need to GO BIG and do something which is a stretch for me personally. Perhaps I can inspire you to join me to do the same?

I plan to drive awareness for my fundraiser and also the charity organisations we’re supporting. Feel free to communicate with me on my Facebook page where I will be updating regularly of my progress. So please do follow and share my Givealittle page, Facebook page and Instagram.

If you would like to connect with me or ask for a shout out for your business donation, please message me on

Mel Ellen's involvement (page creator)

I would like to raise money for Ronald McDonald House South Island and Tai Tapu Playcentre - by having my hair shaved off.

Use of funds

Going to Ronald McDonald House South Island & 5% going to Tai Tapu Playcentre for them to purchase some sandpit toys.

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Latest update

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Nearly at $7,000!! Please share  18 November 2020

Posted by: Mel Ellen


2 days left of my fundraising! I have last night and today posted on a total of 240 Facebook groups!!

Wanting to get that last few more dollars to get me up to $7,000 - gee I could never of dreamt of getting anything like this, I was thinking 'eeek will I even get $1,000'. Thank you so, so much everyone for your donations, this money will go a LONG way! Ronald McDonald House is run on donations AND Playcentre (receiving 5% of donations) will love their new sandpit toys.

If you could pretty please share with everyone you know ONE LAST TIME - spread the word, we are nearly at $7,000.

Thanks so much!


I have never had a passion in my life - and I have found it with this fundraiser!! My fundraising journey ends this week - do you know I had my hair shaved off earlier this month - eeek I haven’t had short hair in 30 years!!

***So far I have raised $6873. PLEASE help me get to $7,000*** Thank you everyone for your shares and donations!

(Givealittle pays out on around the 21st of November!)

Please share, share share. Even if you can only afford $1 or $2 it all adds up! Share around your workplace, friends, family - everyone thank you so so much!! I have joined 245 Facebook groups to share the fundraiser!!

You can donate on the Givealittle page (they take 5% fee) 

Check out the Facebook group you can read peoples stories and see my journey to the big shave earlier this month! (the purple hair is because friends donated $50 for me to colour it!).

------Some people think that Ronald McDonald House is just for families with children having cancer treatment, that is not the case.-------

Any family who lives 100 kms away and needs to travel so their child can receive treatment at Christchurch Hospital (also there is Invercargill too!) is eligible to stay. This can include, but is not limited to:

* Families of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

* Pregnant women, and their families, experiencing high-risk pregnancies

* Families of children receiving mental health treatment

* Families of children receiving oncology (cancer) treatment

* Families of children with serious injuries

* Families of children undergoing surgery

Thanks for reading and your support.

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Latest donations

Nellie 5 days ago
Mel Ellen

Thank you so much for your donation!

Mel Ellen
Elles 6 days ago
Mel Ellen

Thank you so much for your donation!

Mel Ellen
Laura 6 days ago
Beautiful Mel! Your amazing!
Mel Ellen

Thank you so much for your donation! You are amazing, yippe!!!

Mel Ellen
Wendy 6 days ago
From Mt Somers Lilyfields
Mel Ellen

Wow!Thank you so much for your donation!

Mel Ellen
Rebecca 6 days ago
Mel Ellen

Thank you so much for your donation!

Mel Ellen

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Created by, and paying to a verified bank account of, Mel Ellen on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Christchurch, 5% going to Tai Tapu Playcentre

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