Why this mama is going BALD to make a BOLD statement in support of Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) beneficiaries
While we’d be the first to tell you how we complain about small day-to-day issues at home or with the kids, right now there are mamas out there who are caring for their cancer-stricken children while carrying the burdens of a million other things on their shoulders as well. The truth is they are trying to be strong for their little munchkins fighting cancer. To show these precious little ones and their families that they are not alone in this fight, Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) will be holding its signature head-shaving event, Hair for Hope, on 29-30 July at Vivocity.
Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) is a non-profit organisation with a mission to improve the quality of life of children with cancer and their families affected by cancer. This year, Hair For Hope hopes to raise $3.6 million to fund critical programs and services for CCF’s beneficiaries. Through this symbolic gesture of going bald, CCF aims 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
There are more than 100 different types of childhood cancers that can happen in different parts of the body. The most common type in Singapore is Leukaemia, and sadly the largest age group of children newly diagnosed with cancer is between 0-5 years old.
CCF helps children who are newly diagnosed with cancer and undergoing active treatment in hospitals. It offers emotional, financial and social support, with a focus on therapeutic play for the children and support activities for their caregivers. CCF’s Community Social Work Team provides continual care to help survivors as they return to school and support those who may have to cope with long-term side effects due to cancer treatment. CCF also offers palliative and bereavement support for children who are at the end stage of their lives, along their affected family members.
This year, join me and other participants (the target is 6,500 volunteers!) in shaving our heads to show our support and solidarity. To be honest, I felt a little self-conscious about having a bald head. It was then I realised that perhaps some cancer-stricken children also felt the same way? They gave me the courage to want to do this even more!
By volunteering to shave, I have become a CCF ambassador to raise awareness of childhood cancer to my family and friends. By the way, my husband also signed up after I did to show his support. Mama, you can also support me by donating to Hair For Hope through this link.
Let us continue to cheer these brave children (and their families) on and stand alongside them in their fight against cancer. See you at Hair For Hope 2017, mamas!
All the details!
When: Saturday, 29 July, 11am-7pm and Sunday, 30 July, 11am-6pm
Where: Central Court A & B, Level 1, Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
How much: FREE! Click here for more details!