Hair for Hope aims to raise $1.5m for kids with cancer in virtual comeback, Singapore News & Top Stories

Assistant microbiologist Thangavelu Latha hasn’t kept her hair long since her son was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in 2019.

She and her husband shaved their heads to show 14-year-old Ron, who has completed treatment for the cancer in his lungs, that being bald is nothing to be ashamed of.

“When my son found out he had cancer, he wanted to keep his hair to the last strand. So we shave first, then he agreed,” says Ms. Latha, 42.

She is one of many contestants yesterday who helped launch this year’s Hair for Hope campaign by going bald.

The Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) annual fundraiser is taking place in virtual form for the first time in its 18-year history. Last year, it took a break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The goal this year is to raise $ 1.5 million to help children with cancer and their families by shaving their heads, raising awareness and raising donations to 1,500 people.

In a more normal year, the event can attract more than 5,000 participants and cover about 40 percent of CCF’s total expenses. In 2019, it raised a record $ 4.78 million.

There will be no public head shaving events this year, so Hair for Hope attendees in all categories should make their own arrangements to shave their heads.

They can also visit 11 Hair for Hope partner salons for this and receive a 20 percent discount.

Donations to CCF will also be made online. The campaign will run until June 30 and some activities will be streamed live on social media.

Every year, more than 150 children and young adults are diagnosed with cancer in Singapore.

CCF Chairman Ho Cheng Huat said at the launch of Hair for Hope: “When children lose their hair, some are made fun of, others are commented on bullying simply because they look different. Such actions affect their self-esteem … Anyone who shaves. , shows support. “

Terry Goh, 12, parted his hair at yesterday’s event at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery. He was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma when he was seven and is now in remission.

“I want to help people with cancer not to be afraid of being laughed at by others,” said the Tao Nan School student.

Ms. Latha and the monastery’s unit manager, Pua Luck Kheng, 49, went bald with Terry at the event.

CCF has supported beneficiaries such as Terry and Ron through initiatives such as counseling, financial aid, and classes at its Place for Academic Learning and Support to help them catch up with their schoolwork.

Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung, who shaved Terry’s head as guest of honor, said, “I can’t imagine what the kids are going through and how they feel.

“All I can say is that they are so brave, and I admire their resilience and courage. We can all do our bit – big or small – to show our support for them.”

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