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10-year-old Izzy is raising awareness and funds for brain injury

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Izzy Elliott is selling homemade hair scrunchies to raise money for the Brain Injury Association of Tasmania in memory of her beloved uncle Brodie who had an acquired brain injury. What a beautiful idea - Thank you so much Izzy!

Izzy and Brodie

The hair scrunchies cost $3, with $1 from every scrunchie sold donated to BIAT. The hair accessories come in a rainbow of colours and are available to order by messaging the Scrunch_iz team (Izzy and her mum) via their Facebook Group and Instagram Page. Izzy is working hard to make and deliver all the orders she has received.

Izzy's hard work, and kind and generous spirit were recognised in this article in the Mercury Newspaper from Monday 25th February 2019:

Funds from Homemade Hair Scrunchies Donated to Brain Injury Association of Tasmania

WHILE other kids were outside soaking up the sun, young entrepreneur Izzy Elliott spent her summer at a sewing machine making hundreds of hair scrunchies to raise money for people living with or affected by brain injury.


The 10-year-old fashionista will donate $1 from each colourful cotton scrunchie sold to the Brain Injury Association of Tasmania in memory of her uncle Brodie Saville, who suffered an acquired brain injury after a near-drowning when he was 14. Mr Saville died in 2016, aged 29.


Izzy’s mum and personal “admin assistant” Bianca Elliott, of West Hobart, said her brother and daughter shared a “very special relationship”. “He was very interested in her dancing and would always create her things in his craft class,” Ms Elliott said.


“I'm extremely proud that she has decided to give back to an important charity that doesn’t get much recognition.”

Between school and 12 hours of dancing each week Izzy already has her hands full, but she is committed to the cause, with plans to continue creating scrunchies after she surpasses her fundraising goal of $500.

The St Mary’s College student has received more than 300 orders since late January, with school uniform colours the biggest hit so far.

“I got my first sewing machine for Christmas and wanted to create something really special,” Izzy said. “I’m a tiny bit overwhelmed but very thankful. Uncle Brodie would be very proud of me and happy.”

Izzy’s scrunchies are $3 each and can be ordered from the scrunch_iz Facebook or Instagram pages.

Article by CHANEL KINNIBURGH, The Mercury Newspaper, Monday February 25, 2019

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