Only kidding about the title! I still have hair!! Just not as much as before.
I always said, when I turned 25, that I would do something memorable for my mums birthday. My mum died when I was just over a year old and it’s always affected me. I didn’t have a dad, so I grew up with my aunt and nan. I am so grateful for all their sacrifices and how hard they have worked to shape me into the woman I am today.
I am, by definition, an orphan. Without my family, I doubt I would have made it to this age. I grew up in a small South African Village, looking back, we lived in poverty. Luckily, my nan was determined to give us a brighter future. Both my nan and mum had British passports and my mum was born in England. This automatically meant that I was given a British passport. But not every orphan child has the opportunities I had at a better life.
I wanted to give something back and make a real difference. I initially wanted to plant a tree in memory of my mum. I felt this wasn’t that affective in bringing about real change. My cousin was telling me about a charity project she was raising money for and it made me think a lot about how far I’ve come. I came from just another mixed African child with no real identity or future to a graduate with endless possibilities.
I knew I wanted to help these orphans. I feel so strongly about giving a helping hand where I can. Even a single pound to us may not mean very much, but for a child in poverty, it could mean the difference between life and death. It could be the difference between a child making it and a child being forgotten.
I was very nervous about cutting my hair as I’ve always had fairly long hair. A few people said I was crazy and tried to talk me out of it, but I went ahead and cut my hair. My nan always said ‘a woman’s wealth is in her hair’, so I decided to share my wealth and literally give a part of me back.
A huge thank you to everyone who has donated and encouraged me in this journey and a massive thank you to those who are yet to sponsor. If you would like to sponsor me or make a small donation please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/natashankantu1.