Claire Baines

In January 2020 I will be completing my 20th ride for Hands.

This year I have committed to chopping my locks to raise money to support our kids in Thailand. I have chosen to donate my hair to Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation who work with specialised wig makers and provide financial grants to help families with the costs of wigs for their kids. Alopecia Areata can be a lifelong condition, and can deeply affect self-image, self-esteem, confidence and even mental health.

If I can help one child in Australia rebuild their self esteem as well as continue to help our kids in Thailand who face their own daily struggles by simply cutting my hair off, then it really isn't that much of a sacrifice on my part.

Young Carrot, who I had the pleasure of riding with in Thailand a couple of weeks ago, is just one of many kids who carries a pretty dark past and struggles with her mental health. By supporting Hands we can provide young women like Carrot with a supportive family to help her through her darker days and importantly provide a life of choice when it comes time for Carrot to leave our home and build her future.

My journey with Hands Across the Water started in 2010 and I have been committed since to raise money and work hard to give our kids a life of choice.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Claire Baines