Hair For Hope 2015 (Originally Posted here.)
02nd April 2015, Singapore – Since Children’s Cancer Foundation’s Hair for Hope started in 2003, I have been secretly wishing that one day, I will have the courage and be brave enough to shave my head bald in full view of the public. Before I knew it, years had passed while I silently procrastinated year after year. I had an extremely difficult year last year and going through a lot of hardship on various front. I survived and learn (the hard way) that life’s lashing does make one stronger. For some strange reason, I feel that I can associate the pain that these children goes through and somehow it relates to my emotional pains that I am struggling with last year. I decided to go for it (Hair for Hope) this year and registered myself.
Since I do not have much friends, I pledged a targeted donation of SGD $500.00 but as of today, I realized that I had gotten SGD $1,070.00 so far from supporters. I know this amount is still far from what others had gotten from their supporters, but I am not giving up just yet. I do hope that I can continue to increase the donations aka crowd-funding-style via my various social media platforms.(See bottom of article of How You Can Support this Cause)
So why shave my head bald?
Through this symbolic gesture of shaving bald, CCF aim to:
- Create awareness of childhood cancer in Singapore
- Show children with cancer and their families that they are not alone in their fight against cancer
- Tell children with cancer that it is OK to be bald
- Raise funds to help children with cancer and their families
- Build a community of support for children with cancer and their families
Hair for Hope is the only head-shaving event in Singapore that raises funds and awareness of childhood cancer. Every shaven head represents an understanding by an individual of the ordeals that a child with cancer is subjected to.
This year, CCF hope to encourage at least 6,500 participants to join their cause and raise $3.6 million to aid children and families impacted by cancer.
All funds raised will help to fund critical programmes and services for CCF’s beneficiaries.
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Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) is a non-profit organisation with a mission of improving the quality of life of children with cancer and their families through enhancing their emotional, social and medical well-being.
Founded in 1992, CCF provides children with cancer and their families the much needed support in their battle against the life threatening illness. In a year, CCF helps more than 2000 children and their families at different stages of the illness.
Armed with the vision of providing world-class resources and psychosocial services to children and their families impacted by childhood cancer, CCF employs professional caseworkers and counsellors. CCF adopts an integrated hospital-home-community service model to offer a spectrum of critical services to our beneficiaries.
- In the Hospitals – CCF helps children who are newly diagnosed with cancer and undergoing active treatment with their hospital experience. We offer emotional, financial and social support, with a focus on therapeutic play for the children and support activities for their caregivers. Our caseworkers and counsellors are based in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and the National University Hospital (NUH) to work alongside our medical partners in the paediatric oncology wards.
- In the Community – With more children surviving childhood cancer, CCF Community Social Work Team provides continual care to help enhance the quality of life for survivors. We help children return to school and support siblings of children with cancer. In collaboration with corporate partners, we offer social and recreational activities for the children and their families. We continue to monitor and support survivors who may have to cope with long term side effects due to the treatment of cancer. The support of community partners are actively sought to provide continuing care to our beneficiaries.
- In the Homes – When a child is at the end stage of his/her life, it is a tremendously challenging time for the dying child and the family members. Palliative and bereavement support are critical services provided by CCF to improve the quality of life of the affected families.
- Services offered to children with cancer and their families
- Casework and Counselling
- Therapeutic Play
- Art Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Caregivers Support Services
- Back-to-School Service
- Tuition & Befriending
- Survivorship Programme
- Very Important Brothers and Sisters (VIBS)
- Social and Recreational Activities
- Financial Assistance
- Palliative & Bereavement Support
- Place for Academic Learning and Support (PALS)
- Children Impacted by Cancer
Place for Academic Learning and Support (PALS)
CCF’s learning centre, PALS, commenced operations in November 2012 to help children and youths with cancer and prepare them intellectually, emotionally and socially for a smooth transition back to school.
PALS is a place for learning and friendship in a fun and supportive environment.
Our holistic curriculum which incorporates academic coaching and integrative therapies, aims to draw upon the unique experiences of each child and empower him/her to become a self-assured and forward-looking individual. We provide ample opportunities for each child to work with his/her peers, school and community partners to develop teamwork and problem-solving skills.
CCF will continue its strategy to work with like-minded partners to build a supportive community which offers critical resources to children with cancer and their families.
How You Can Support this Cause & Me?
Photo: AL with his Blue Hair going bald for Children with Cancer.
1) Moral Support
The day for my Public Shaving is on 25th July 2015, between 1.00 to 2.00pm at Vivo City, Singapore. If you have time, or visiting Singapore, please drop by to say Hi! and render me your moral support.
No matter which part of the world you are reading this from – You can do your part.
You can click on this link and make your donations directly to CCF in support of my act.
Any amount will go along way even if it is just SGD $1.00 – really appreciate if you can help donate. So just click here and make a small donation.
(On Page, Go to the Yellow Box, Click on Support Me)
*For Singaporeans, for tax exemptions, you have to make a minimum donations of SGD $50.00 to qualify.
3) Share My Cause
Apart from making a small donation, you can help too by sharing this link
“https://hairforhope.org.sg/shaveeProfile/3540” to your social media platforms and networks so that awareness can be achieved.
Remember, you are not helping me, but Children with Cancer.
For I truly believe that it is a blessing to be able to help others.
It doesn’t mean that you have to be rich to give, but a conscience.
I would like to sincerely Thank You in advance for reading this far and I hope you will make adonation to CCF and as a support for my act.
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